The True Value of a Good Corporate Wellness Program
Having a work-life balance is not always easy.
Far too often, employees have to sacrifice personal goals to meet deadlines or make it on time to the next meeting. One of these goals is living a healthy lifestyle, which should be important to both the employee and employers.
Healthy habits have lasting effects. They make us more productive, more positive, and better equipped to meet the challenges of each day.
Deciding to implement a corporate wellness program is a popular topic of discussion as employers aim to improve the health of employees. Some are skeptical about the savings, others say such programs are invaluable.
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Three Simple Reasons to Invest in a Corporate Wellness Program
1. Employee Quality of Life (and Work)
Think of the two employees on your team with different lifestyles.
One wakes up early, goes to the gym, and is often bouncing on the way to their desk. They have the energy to take on the day and the endorphins to keep this momentum up.
The other, you may notice, is not as energized. You can tell this individual prefers to sleep in, likely hitting snooze and dragging themselves out of bed and into the office.
They do not prioritize time to take care of their body, leaving them with less excitement to be in the office and more fatigue in general.
Mental Health Impacts Productivity
An employee that is awake and excited for the day can be the difference between 80% and 100% productivity. An alert individual is much more likely to provide quality customer service and valuable ideas than one on their third cup of coffee.
This increases the overall productivity and flow of employees, their teams, and how they approach company goals. Investing in a corporate wellness program is an investment in the quality of your employee’s work.
The more you, as an employer, emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle, the more your employees will understand its benefits.
This goes beyond 30 minutes of sweat or choosing to skip dessert. It leaves lasting implications in all areas of your employees’ lives, with clear benefits in the workplace.
Dr. Peter Wald of USAA understands the possibilities.
His “surround sound” approach to making wellness an integrated part of company culture made people pay attention – up to 80% participation rates. Many employees went from classified at-risk to being well on the health scale and improving their work efforts.
2. Fewer Costs in the Long Run
In addition to the overall increase in quality of life, there is a valuable decrease in company costs and spending.
It mainly works in two ways.
The first is in project completion and customer satisfaction. Healthy employees are less likely to take sick time, meaning they are more frequently present in the workplace to meet deadlines.
This leaves room for teams to make their way through contracts and projects at a faster speed, thus generating and completing more work and earning more money.
Decreased Healthcare Expenses
The next is the savings on healthcare and return on investment from a corporate wellness program.
The less an employee is at risk of being sick, the less likely they are to go to the doctor. They will in turn claim less medical visits and prescription drugs. This can be as simple as the flu on a sick day or as important as fighting chronic illnesses down the line.
In one investment, you are both increasing the quality of your workforce and, potentially, their lifespan. All while saving money for you.
Clear return on investments can be calculated from a corporate wellness program. One of the most popular companies pioneering in healthcare initiatives is Johnson & Johnson.
After offering incentives for employees to complete a health profile, the company extended the opportunity for employees to join weight loss programs like Weight Watchers. Their ROI weighs in at a healthy $600 average per employee and 20% less than industry average disability rates.
3. Better Employee-Employer Relations
Johnson & Johnson has also partnered with internal teams to create programs centered around a healthy lifestyle, not just healthy choices.
They work to create an in-depth program that reaches personal motivations. This makes it more effective and powerful as the benefits unfold for the employee and employer.
At the end of the day, a healthy lifestyle is the personal responsibility of an individual, despite the push from their employer. However, when the workplace takes the time (and money) to give employees the gift of taking their life back, it means something.
Employees are more valuable in a workplace they feel comfortable and supported in. An often overlooked benefit of a good corporate wellness program is the relationship it establishes in the workplace.
Give Employees a Voice
Take L.L. Bean for example.
The company allows employees to take healthcare into their own hands by funding new fitness programs at specific locations. All it takes is a minimum of 15 people showing interest and expressing department needs. From there, the program builds lasting relationships.
Employees are holding each other accountable to things outside of the workplace and close to their hearts. It also gives individuals the chance to share a passion for yoga or running in an environment that may typically focus on sales and strategy.
When an employee feels part of something bigger than them it builds community. One that goes beyond corporate.
This community feel overpowers the company setting any day.
Invest Now for Lasting, Priceless Effects
A corporate wellness program is more than a smart investment in the books.
It is an initiative with the power to transform your workplace from the ground up. A healthier lifestyle empowers and energizes your employees. It makes them happier in their every day life and more productive and innovative in the office.
The right program can actually save money and transform lives.
Stop waiting and debating. Make the changes you and your employees need today.
Contact us to ask about the right wellness program for your workplace. The possibilities are waiting to increase productivity and boost employee moral.