Workplace Wellness-Getting Fit Makes a Difference for Employers, Employees
If you want to improve your health – whether that’s losing weight or simply whipping yourself back into shape – the key is to make a plan (with regular exercise and a good diet) and then stick to it.
It’s no different if you are running a company.
Workplace wellness programs help improve our nation’s health – and they are a win-win for both employers and employees. Businesses see better results, control costs, and recruit and retain valued employees.
These programs take many forms — on-site clinics and fitness centers, chronic disease management, nutrition seminars, and health risk assessments. But, just like personal physical fitness, there is a payoff.
A new publication, Winning with Wellness, breaks down the process for employers and provides the steps needed to design a successful workplace wellness program.
In the publication, Dr. Ronald Loeppke, vice chairman of U.S. Preventative Medicine Inc., writes that “a growing body of scientific evidence shows that there is a return and value on investment when employers provide comprehensive wellness programs.”
Studies have found that well-designed programs improve employee health and wellness and see an average return on investment of $1.50 to $3.00 for every dollar spent.
Employers have a couple different strategies for measuring their wellness programs. Some firms, particularly smaller ones, may choose to measure success by soliciting employee feedback about the workplace. Larger firms may see more value in conducting a financial analysis.
Regardless, many employers believe that implementing a wellness program is simply the right thing to do for their most valuable asset – their employees.
And that’s before you even consider the current health care cost crisis. As of 2012, 117 million Americans have one or more chronic health conditions, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86% of our nation’s health care costs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Dr. Loeppke concludes in the publication: “Effective workplace wellness strategies can be the spark that ignites a culture of health in society— reducing the burden of health risk and illness in individuals, improving the health and productivity of our nation’s workforce, enhancing the profitability of engaged employers, and ultimately stimulating the vitality of our nation’s economy.”
The Winning with Wellness publication will be featured at Thursday’s event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: Aligning Business Goals With a Healthy Workforce.
Wellness also will be discussed during America’s Small Business Summit, June 13-15, in Washington, D.C.
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