Expecting employees to maintain healthy lifestyles while juggling work, family and other obligations seems demanding. Key word: Seems. When employers incorporate wellness programs and amenities in the workplace, it is easier for their employees to add healthy behaviors into their lives. Offering corporate wellness programs gives mutual benefits between employees and employers, fostering a team-centered environment, improving mental health and lowering costs for employers. Here are five reasons to support this viewpoint:
Increase in productivity
It’s no surprise healthy employees are happier. Exercise and healthy eating have shown to boost moods and productivity. For employers, the concern about their employees’ well-being helps to create greater productivity and a more cohesive staff. A company who cares for its employees’ wellness and health will have enhanced employee morale, retention, and greater culture of health within the organization.
You’ll look great
We’re not just talking about bodies here – although that is also a benefit to wellness programs. Instead, we’re talking about how your company will look. Corporations that implement a wellness program become more attractive in the employment world. In turn, this can attract new and higher-quality employees, which obviously benefits the company, in addition to retaining current employees. A wellness program creates a positive image of the corporation within the community and can increase workplace morale.
It makes economic sense
It’s almost a sneaky strategy as a turn on investment. Even though money is being put into these corporate wellness programs, in the end, less money will be spent due to higher-quality employees. There also is less investment on direct medical costs, workplace compensation/disability costs, and costs for training new or replacement workers, as there are fewer turnovers in companies that implement wellness programs. Johnson & Johnson can attest to this. Their corporate wellness program has led to the company saving $250 million on health care cost in the past 10 years. From 2002 to 2008, their return on investment was $2.71 per dollar. They don’t view it as a noble amenity, but a vital strategy of a successful corporation.
Workplace wellness is a group effort and boosts camaraderie between employees. Each person is working toward a goal and have the entire office to help cheer them on. There’s healthy peer pressure to not quit and accountability to push harder to reach wellness goals, as the social aspect of improving health also increases motivation and encouragement. Improving fitness, losing weight, or quitting bad habits such as smoking are easier to strive toward with the help of others. The sense of accountability will increase results and creating the sense of a team will carry over to productivity.
Improved Quality of Life
Even outside of the workplace, improving overall health benefits of employees means encouragement and being held accountable. Creating a health plan will give employees an improved quality of life outside of the workplace by giving the energy to spend time with family and social aspects. Any resentment in the workplace will be more likely diminished.
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