Most employees consider wellness programs integral to creating a healthy work-life balance, but do they really benefit the companies that integrate them?
In a highly competitive job market, which we are in today, there are a few benefits that influence a potential employee more than wellness programs. When a future employee is deciding between two companies, one with wellness programs and one without, they will often select the company that offers these programs. Why you ask? The answer is simple; it shows the future employee the company invests in the health and well-being of their employees. It also says they have a culture that cares for its people and wants them to succeed not only in business, but also in life.
Culture is the attitudes, beliefs and actions that the company stands for. Most employees desire to be a part of a company that aligns with their highest ideals. Your culture expresses what you believe in and there is no faking it.
There are currently over 200 studies that indicate a positive ROI for worksite wellness. The general consensus of these studies have found that corporate wellness programs:
- Enhance retention
- Reduce the rate of illness and workplace injuries
- Reduce absenteeism
- Improve employee/employer relationships
- Increase productivity
- Reduce overall healthcare costs
What’s not to like?
Workplace culture and its environment are strong influencers on overall behavior, which help employees adopt healthier lifestyles. The benefits to the employee are improved fitness, better health habits, the ability to deal with stress, increased mental clarity, reduced overall stress levels and a greater sense of well-being.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services report found, “Worksite wellness results in a reduction in healthcare costs, a decrease in short term sick leave by 6 – 32% and a 52% increase in productivity.”
These finding are conclusive. Workplace wellness programs are cost effective and good for business.
Here are some steps you can take to implement wellness programs for your employees:
1. Help your employees establish fitness goals.
2. Create employee incentive programs. Reward the behavior you want.
3. There must be company support and involvement when establishing these programs.
4. Establish these programs throughout the company.
5. Have written wellness policies.
6. Make fitness an important part of your culture.
To stand out amongst the very best companies to work for and to attract the best available talent, your company must immediately implement their own wellness program.