Work-Life Balance

5 HUGE Benefits of Wellness at Work

Krystal Ariel

In today’s fast-paced business environment, more and more companies are realizing the importance of investing in their employees’ health and wellness.

By implementing a workplace wellness program, businesses can reap numerous benefits that go beyond just keeping employees healthy.

1. Improve Mental Health

In addition to physical health benefits, workplace wellness programs can also improve employees’ mental health. Employees who participated in a wellness program reported decreased levels of stress, depression, and anxiety.4

Additionally, a survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health found that 95% of employers now offer mental health programs as part of their wellness initiatives.5

2. Increase Productivity

Employees who participate in workplace wellness programs are more productive and engaged in their work, with an average savings of 1.9 absentee days or roughly $309 per employee per year.

3. Improve Employee Retention

A wellness program at work can also improve employee retention rates and reduce employee turnover.

Nelnet asks departing employees in exit interviews what they will miss most. The number one answer: the wellness program.7

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Employees who regularly participate in wellness programs, including yoga, report reduced stress levels and increased job satisfaction.

4. Reduce Healthcare Costs

According to this study, for every $1 a company spends on preventative wellness, medical costs fall by $3.27, a whopping 6-to-1 ROI.2

Five chronic diseases or risk factors—high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, physical inactivity, and obesity—cost US employers $36.4 billion a year because of employees missing days of work.3

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Many of these diseases are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices: regular exercise, healthy eating, and stress management.

4. Enhance Company Culture

Employees who participated in a wellness program reported feeling more connected to their coworkers and more satisfied with their jobs, according to a study1.

Creating a culture of wellness within your workplace, fosters a sense of community among employees, boosts morale, and ultimately increases productivity and profits.

References:

1 Adams JM. The Value of Worker Well-Being. Public Health Reports. 2019;134(6):583-586. doi:10.1177/0033354919878434

2Baicher, Katherine, Cutler, David, and Song, Zirui. Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings. Health Affairs. 2010 https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0626

3 National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, Workplace Health Promotion. 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/factsheets/workplace-health.htm

4 Hwang WJ, Jo HH. Impact of Mental Health on Wellness in Adult Workers. Front Public Health. 2021 Dec 16;9:743344. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.743344. PMID: 34976913; PMCID: PMC8716594. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8716594/

5 Business Group on Health. New Research from Fidelity and Business Group on Health Finds 95% of Employers Now Include Emotional and Mental Health Programs in Well-being Platforms. 2020. https://www.businessgrouphealth.org/en/who-we-are/newsroom/press-releases/95-percent-of-employers-now-include-emotional-and-mental-health-programs-in-well-being-platforms

6 Baicher, Katherine, Cutler, David, and Song, Zirui. Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings. Health Affairs. 2010 https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/benefits/Documents/2010-Harvard-Wellness-Program-Meta-Study-Health-Affairs.pdf

7Berry, Leonard L., Mirabito, Ann M., Baun, William B.. What’s the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs? Harvard Business Review. 2010 https://hbr.org/2010/12/whats-the-hard-return-on-employee-wellness-programs

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