“More businesses need to recognize that poor health means lower productivity and higher health insurance costs. Smart business leaders increasingly are finding that it is the right decision to promote health, education, physical activity, and preventive benefits in the workplace.”
Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services
I have previously posted on this blog about the importance of working some exercise into your day. An effort must be put into living a healthy lifestyle if we wish to feel better, live longer, and be more productive in life. The benefits of healthy living are well documented, yet Americans still have difficulty committing to important changes that will benefit them and their lifestyle.
Employers can play a vital role in empowering workers to be healthier. The real cost to employers for unhealthy employees goes well beyond salary and the ever-increasing cost of medical benefits. Healthcare costs are steadily rising because Americans continue to live sedentary lifestyles, avoid exercise, and eat an unhealthy diet. According to the Center for Disease Control, American adults visited a physician’s office 956 million times from 2007 to 2008. That’s a lot of lost productivity for employers.
Since so many of our waking hours are spent at work, it’s an ideal place to find the support that can change our lives for the better. Employers who invest in a wellness program will find the return on investment to be far beyond what they likely predicted. Employees will be more productive, effective, and efficient. General morale and synergy will increase as a result of effective group wellness programs.
It’s been a desire of mine to lead such a program at Domus, Inc. Being a small, relatively young organization, I believe implementing this type of program will be both manageable and fun. As I searched online for information, I noticed that the same themes are frequently promoted by healthcare and government websites. Check out some of the highlights and strategies I came across while looking into corporate wellness programs:
Participation and Adherence
With care and enthusiasm put into the planning process a company can establish a quality program at a reasonable budget. By providing time and attention to the program the organization ensures that employees will stay motivated and adhere to the plan. A successful program will eventually result in ROI for the company through increased productivity and overall healthier employees.
Some keys to a wellness program’s success include:
Organizations should never underestimate the value of their employees, but companies can increase the value of their employees by empowering them to live healthier lives. The spring and summer seasons are an excellent time to start a wellness program at your company. Do this for your staff and the company will reap the benefits right along with the employees!