The #1 Reason Why Workplace Wellness Is Important

corporate wellness Dec 03, 2017

Your workplace should set the tone for its employees

What is the value to your company of employees who:

  • Are present and pay attention to detail?
  • Are happy and work well together as a team?
  • Are responsive to customers in a positive manner?
  • Are conscientious and mindful of safety procedures?

As an employer, you have the opportunity to make a difference. When your employees feel good, they are able to work more effectively and efficiently. By reducing health risks and improving the quality of life for staff members, you will be supporting your employees’ wellness and in turn cultivating a high energy workforce.

Begin evaluating the benefits to your company by understanding the number one reason why workplace wellness is important.

The staggering statistics

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the average full-time American employee, spends more than one-third of their day, five days per week at their place of employment. Most often, they spend much of their extended work day seated at a desk and sedentary; submitting themselves to significant mental and physical health risks.
  • The number of American adults aged 20 and over that are affected with obesity is nearly 38% and those being overweight 33%. These figures, that total nearly 71%, reveal an imminent health crisis. If this trend continues, it will soon overtake smoking as the leading preventable cause of death in the US.
  • Mounting job pressures, financial matters and health concerns are among the leading causes of stress in the US and the impact suffered from its constant adversities will take its toll. Over 70% of people in the US regularly experience physical and psychological symptoms caused by stress related ailments; with complaints of it being responsible for 75 to 90% of all doctor visits.
  • Seven out of every ten deaths in the US are the result of chronic diseases; subsequently causing more than 1.7 million people losing their lives every year. Not only do they spur the decline and overall health of a company’s workforce, they also lead to lower productivity and days of work missed.
  • Chronic diseases are the primary driver of health care costs. The related expenses associated with chronic diseases for both employers and employees carries a hefty economic burden; accounting for more than 75 percent of the $2 trillion spent each year on health care.

Your employees are your most valuable asset—they are the number one reason why workplace wellness is important.

To curb the costs of rising health care, wellness programs have become fundamental features in the benefits plans of many major organizations. But these initiatives are not exclusive to the likes of corporate giants—more than two-thirds of U.S. employers offer them as part of their benefits packages, says a new report by the Society for Human Resource Management.

According to a RAND Corporation study, every $1 invested in overall wellness efforts yields a return on investment of $1.50. When the investment is in programs targeting chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, the ROI increases to $3.80.

As an employer, your company plays an important role in employee health

As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, it makes sense to address the needs of the employee population with the implementation of wellness programs. Your workplace should set the tone for its employees.

Encouraging members of your team to take preventive measures to avoid the onset or decline of illness or disease and adopt healthier habits is a win-win for both employee and employer. Your office should be a place where the well-being of your staff offers options for better long-term health.

While changing the behavior of the individual is up to them, as an employer you have an excellent opportunity to encourage them to live healthier, happier lives. Reinforcing healthy behaviors through a supportive work environment will keep employees motivated and productive.

Helping to keep employees healthy is a crucial component to your company’s long-term success.

I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582



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