In the last 10 years the amount of research done on the effects of wellness and wellbeing program has grown terribly. It follows a global trend started by corporations like GOOGLE, IBM, MICROSOFT that successfully incorporated wellness programs for their employees. These companies have now the reputation of being amongst the best workplaces in the world.
Here is a brief list of benefits that your company can get with the 4Wellness program
1) Wellness Programs Improve Employee Health Behaviors
The core of every good wellness program is behavior change. With the right education, skills, motivation, skills/tools, and social support, people change behaviors. Wellness programs are good at helping people adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. This is perhaps the biggest benefit of having a wellness program.
Healthy behaviors lead to lower health risks, and lower health risks lead to less chronic disease. With less chronic disease employees have fewer health care costs.
2) Wellness Programs Reduce Elevated Health Risks
The foundation of any good wellness program must be focused on helping employees adopt healthy behaviors. Elevated blood glucose, high blood cholesterol, and high blood pressure are almost all caused by unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity. Eating and exercising are behaviors.
We were stunned to learn that in as little as six weeks health risks could improve dramatically. Those who maintain healthy behaviors experience lower health risks for six weeks, six months, 12 months, and even out to 18 months.
3) Wellness Programs Reduce Health Care Costs
There are almost 100 different studies that have looked at the financial impact of wellness programs.
The ability of a wellness program to reduce healthcare costs depends upon how effective the program really is. Having an occasional lunch and learn about nutrition or just doing a biometric screening will not be enough to move the healthcare cost needle.
4wellness perfectioned their program to achieve the highest ROI possible for the customer. Our comprehensive worksite wellness program improves employee behaviors to lessen the healthcare cost trend.
Studied discovered that the savings from program participation will be greater than the actual cost of the program. Almost everyone of these return on investment (ROI) studies show a positive return on investment. Researchers from Harvard recently published another summary of the wellness ROI research.
Among the 22 different studies that looked at wellness programs and healthcare costs, the average return on investment was 3.27. This means that for every dollar that was spent on the program the company saved $3.27 because of reduced healthcare costs.
This combined with our mental well-being program increases the ROI even more! Through our guided meditation services and personal life coaching, we aim to encourage workers to find balance between their home, work, and personal lives. We believe that by creating peaceful, happy employees we can change an office’s work culture for the better. And we’re not alone! Studies have shown that the mental health of workers can have profound impacts on a company. According to a 2009 NHS study, low workplace efficiency due to mental health problems can cost up to twice as much as total sick days.
4) Wellness Programs Improve Productivity
Poor employee productivity can be defined as physically being at work but not working. This type of poor productivity is called presenteeism. It is estimated that the cost associated with presenteeism due to poor employee health is at least 2 to 3 times greater than direct health care expenses. While the estimated cost of presenteeism dwarfs the cost of health care, it does not receive the same level of scrutiny among employers preoccupied with controlling the direct costs of poor employee health.
Combining our two field of expertise we are able to produce happier and more productive employees, lessening the phenomenon of presenteeism!
5) Wellness Programs Can Decrease Absenteeism
There are over 50 papers that have looked at the connections between worksite wellness programs and reduced absenteeism. Worksites with comprehensive wellness programs can experience reduced absenteeism for a variety of reasons:
- Employees with good health behaviors have lower absenteeism
- Employees who can control their stress have lower absenteeism
- Employees with healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose have lower absenteeism.
The same Harvard research that calculated the ROI in decreased health costs, talks also about the decreased cost thanks to less absenteeism. researchers looked at the ROI of wellness programs as they relate absenteeism and demonstrated that for every dollar wellness programs spend on wellness they can save $2.73 and reduce absenteeism.
6) Wellness Programs Can Help Improve Employee Recruitment and Retention
Wellness programs have a strong impact on retention. Retention is the ability a worksite has to retain its workforce. Rich benefits also have a powerful influence on retention, but a good wellness program can help keep employees loyal.
Personnel is the most important asset in every organization. When an employer offers a wellness program to its employees the company is saying, “We think you are an important part of this organization and we want you to be healthy, happy, and employed here for a long time”. When you offer your employees a wellness program, you are showing them that you care about them.
You are letting them know you want to do everything you can to keep them in good health and optimal performance. Employees know when they are appreciated. They know when feel welcome and valued as important parts of the organization. That knowledge can do a long way toward convincing employees to stick around: they can go find another job somewhere, but will they get treated and valued the same way?
7) Wellness Programs Build and Help Sustain High Employee Morale
When you offer your employees a wellness program you are telling them that you respect them, you trust them, and that you want to help them be successful in life. Employees have high employee morale when they are allowed to be creative, solve problems, feel safe and appreciated, develop self-esteem, and achieve personal goals and aspirations. Employees are happy when they have a sense of control over their lives and their health.
In my opinion. this is one of the most powerful reasons to have a wellness program. Realistically, your employees don’t care about your healthcare cost problem, they care about their own happiness. Your employees don’t share your concerns about productivity or absenteeism. They care about having a fulfilling, enjoyable job.
Your wellness program helps employees achieve all of their needs, both physical, social, and emotional. When it is all said and done, your employees want to feel loved and appreciated, and when they do really good things happen at work.
Productivity goes up, customer service is outstanding, problems get solved, and people get creative. They like coming to work, they appreciate their employer, they work better with others, and they have high employee morale.
There is an enormous amount of research to support the benefits of wellness. A comprehensive wellness program is going to improve employee health and improve your organization’s bottom line. It is not going to make all your problems go away, but it is going to help you create a worksite culture of health. It will boost and maintain employee morale. With an effective wellness program you will improve the lives of your employees and help drive the success of your organization.