May 22, 2017

Workplace Wellness Programs

Reduce Waistlines…and Increase Your Business Bottomline.

Increasing evidence supports the need for workplace wellness programs and more companies than ever are implementing health and wellness strategies to reduce injuries, health care costs and long-term disability.

Are you ready to engage in a workplace wellness program to improve your staff loyalty, productivity and reduce costs that are influenced by obesity and illnesses caused by being overweight?

heavy workers costing companies

A simple way to start a workplace wellness program is to start with a Weight Loss Program like the one we personally use and help clients and companies set up.  Losing excess fat on the body helps to improve overall wellbeing, has been shown to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, reduce the need for diabetes related medicines and more! As a Certified Health Coach and Certified Herb Specialist, one aspect of consulting provided by Thrive Right Consulting is to create a wellness program to help CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, on the go professionals and staff achieve optimal health.

FACT:

People today spend more awake hours at work than anywhere else, on average 50 hours a week, so it’s up to soloprenuers and employers to take proactive steps  towards implementing workplace wellness programs.

Workplace wellness programs play a key role in maintaining and improving employee relations and morale. Bottom line, a healthy, motivated workforce is vitally important to a company as a whole.

Did you know employee wellness is considered a potential high return on investment for employers due to rising health care costs?

In fact, research now suggests employers get an average of $3.48 back in reduced health care costs and $5.82 in lower absenteeism cost for every dollar spent on employee wellness. Employers who live more healthy lifestyles have reduced sick leave, improved work performance, decrease health insurance costs, increased productivity and reduced overall costs.

Aside from helping improve the health of already at-risk employees, workplace wellness programs also have a huge impact on healthy individuals, raising awareness so employees with fewer risk factors remain in a lower cost group.

Workplace wellness programs can do the following:

• Reduce absenteeism: It has been shown healthier employees spend fewer days away from work due to illness, saving the company thousands, even millions, of dollars on down time and temporary employment. Additionally, because good health typically carries over into better family choices, your employees could possibly miss less work caring for sick family members.

 Control Increasing Health Care Costs: Today, employers have a vested interest in health-related issues and reducing unnecessary medical costs that consume corporate profits and employee paychecks. For many companies, medical costs can consume half of corporate profits…or more!

• Improve Productivity: While it is not as easily measured as the increase in health care costs, improved employee morale and productivity plays a big role in the success of a company or business.

• Reduce Injuries: Healthy employees with less risk factors are at a lower risk for injury than those unhealthy employees with more risk factors. Classes are a popular means of trying to prevent injury, including exercise classes, smoking cessation courses, back care programs and stress management lectures. More examples of workplace wellness programs / courses include health education classes, subsidized use of fitness facilities; internal policies that promote healthy behavior and any other activity, policy or environmental change that affect the health of an employee.

• Improve Employee Morale and Retention: Employee turnover is expensive and an employee wellness program is an added benefit to encourage employee retention. Company sponsored workplace wellness programs send a clear message to employees that management values their well-being.

 Studies Show There is a Real Cost of Lost Productivity due to Health Related issues:

• Workdays lost: $39.3 Million
• Physician office visits: $62.7 Million
• Restricted Activity days: $29.9 Million
• Bed-Related days: $89.5 Million

To find out more on how you can affordably – and easily start a workplace wellness program for yourself or your company, contact me and we’ll set an appointment to go over the details and scalability of program options for you.