Workplace Wellness & Its Impact On Your Company's Bottom Line

corporate wellness Oct 21, 2018

As an employer, your company should set the tone for its employees

American employees often spend many long hours working. Whether their day has them seated at a desk in front of a computer, or rushing from one meeting to the next, their job may be posing serious risks to their mental and physical well-being.

You have the opportunity to make a difference; it may be time to explore workplace wellness and its impact on your company’s bottom line.

Keeping employees healthy is the key to your company’s long-term success

Busy executives have greater responsibility in their personal and professional lives than ever before. Improving the work environment by providing programs designed to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors, it is easier for employees to find a balance that fits their challenging schedules.

The number one reason why workplace wellness is important is when your staff feels 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.

The distressing statistics

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chronic diseases are the primary driver of health care costs. 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.

Depression is one of the most widespread and prevalent mental health issues in the United States and its cost to corporate America is staggering.  It’s important that your company be prepared by having a plan in place if an employee reports a mental health concern.

Impacting the work environment both socially and economically

  • A 2015 study revealed that depression costs society a total of $210 billion per year.
  • Reduced productivity at work accounts for $78 billion of that total.
  • The Centers for Disease Control estimates 200 million workdays are lost each year due to depression.
  • The good news is that American Psychological Association studies reveal that 82 percent of employees said they were in good psychological health.
  • The bad news is that only 41 percent of employees reported that their employer provided the necessary resources to meet their mental health needs.

Movement is life. By allowing your employees time to be physically active you can help boost their health. You will help build confidence, increase energy, encourage better life choices, and improve mood.

Whether your staff members need to power through a project for work, or clear their minds for a critical meeting, they will achieve higher levels of clarity and insight. When faced with the task of making demanding decisions they will have the upper hand.

Companies all over the world are recognizing that workplace wellness and its impact on your company’s bottom line matters.

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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