People spend more awake hours at work than anywhere else, on average 50 hours a week, so
it’s up to employers to take aggressive action towards implementing workplace wellness programs.
A healthy, motivated workforce is vitally important to a company as a whole.
Workplace wellness program can do the following:
• Reduce absenteeism
It has been shown healthier employees spend fewer days away from work due to illness,
saving the company thousands, even millions, of dollars on down time and temporary employment.
• Control Increasing Health Care Costs
Today, employers have a vested interest in health-related issues and reducing unnecessary
medical costs that consume corporate profits and employee paychecks. For many companies,
medical costs can consume half of corporate profits…or more!
• Improve Productivity
While it is not as easily measured as the increase in health care costs, improved employee
morale and productivity plays a big role in the success of a company or business.
• Improve Presenteeism
Presenteeism is a new phenomenon occurring when employees are at work but do not
feel as productive as usual due to stress, depression, injury or illness.
• Reduce Injuries
Healthy employees with less risk factors are at a lower risk for injury than those unhealthy
employees with more risk factors. Classes are a popular means of trying to prevent injury,
including exercise classes, smoking cessation courses, and stress management lectures.
• Improve Employee Morale and Retention
Employee turnover is expensive and an employee wellness program is an added benefit to
encourage employee retention. Company sponsored workplace wellness programs send a
clear message to employees that management values their well-being.