Benefits of Implementing a Workplace Wellness Program
For the Employee
A healthy lifestyle impacts every part of your day-to-day work environment. Corporate Wellness Programs translate into fewer injuries, less human error, and a more harmonious office environment. They also let you know that your organization is concerned about your general health and well-being.
A good Corporate Wellness Program will also help reduce stress, which the United Nations has called "the 20th Century Disease." A large majority of office workers complain that their job is stressful - a problem that affects all levels within an organization.
Stress from the workday also affects our personal relationships and activities. Human beings are just not designed to magically morph into someone else as we leave our work environment.
Taking advantage of programs offered not only will help you succeed more during work hours, it will give you more energy and patience for your home and personal life as well.
For the Employer
As reported in an Ipsos-Reid study released March 18, 2004 the main preventable contributors to employee absenteeism are:
For well over a decade, research has been showing the effectiveness of Employee Wellness Programs. For every dollar spent on a Corporate Wellness Program, the returns have been cost savings of between $2.30 and $10.10 in the areas of decreased absenteeism, fewer sick days, reduced WSIB/WCB claims, lowered health and insurance costs, and improvements to employee performance and productivity.
In Canada, only 23.9% of companies reported that they have been evaluating their wellness programs regularly, which makes management unclear on the full scope of benefits being realized.
Statistics do show that a healthy organization increases employee morale, improves the ability to attract and retain key people, all while having more alert and productive employees. Some statistics of note:
As you can see, a properly implemented program affects the bottom line as much as it builds goodwill.
NaturalHealthcare has created a dedicated site with a wide range of tools and services for workplace wellness: Wellergize.caOn Wellergize.ca, you can find:
Our popular "Business Case for Wellness" cartoons, with Canadian stats
posters and program support materials
our 15 different wellness challenges
workplace wellness blog
seminar & lunch and learn series (topics and speakers)
useful stats and quotes
and much more...
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