Five Benefits of an Employee Wellness Program
We’ve all had those days where we come to work in less than top form—maybe we’ve had too much to drink the night before, eaten badly and feel sluggish, not gotten enough sleep, or we’re just not feeling well. If you think back to one of those days it probably took all your energy just to get by, much less work at your creative and productive peak. Perhaps you even called out sick.
Imagine if you had a chronic illness that caused health issues that went beyond just getting more sleep or skipping that last glass of wine at dinner. You’d have even more of those “off” days.
Gallup recently performed a survey of 94,000 workers and found that of the 77% who had a chronic health condition such as asthma, depression, diabetes, etc. the total annual cost of lost productivity came to $84 billion. Unscheduled absences cost about $3,600 per year for each hourly worker and $2,650 each year for salaried employees.
Implementing a workplace wellness program that rewards employees for healthy behaviors such as exercising, eating healthy, getting educated about wellness, and getting regular check-ups can help to head off some of these costs along with other benefits:
- Reduction in company insurance premiums as fewer employees get sick and need medical attention
- Lower payments for workers’ comp or disability claims
- Decreased absences for sickness
- Better concentration and less stress while on the job
- Increased employee engagement as employees feel better and are able to do their best work.
Even small improvements can make a big difference!