3 Ways Workplace Wellness is a Worthwhile Investment

As more and more businesses – of all shapes and sizes – are now offering workplace wellness programmes to their employees, the debate about the efficacy of these programs is a hot topic. Research continues to show that introducing a strategy encouraging healthy working habits in employees is an effective way to benefit both employer and employee. Here are 3 reasons to introduce workplace wellness into your business.

 

  1. Active and healthy employees save you money

Lower sickness costs benefit both the employer and the employee. Reduced sickness costs can even allow employers to pass a percentage of the saving onto workers in the form of perks (a ZenDays membership, for example). Investigations of Fortune 500 companies in the USA have demonstrated that companies with a staff wellness programme had reduced sickness costs versus companies with no such programme. Employees saw reductions in mild and chronic diseases, and average annual savings per employee were $565. A good argument for introducing wellness into your business!

 

  1. Employees using wellness programmes are more productive

Research in adults shows a link between physical activity and improved memory and focus. One study in the USA found employees who participated in a wellness programme and improved their lifestyle increased their productivity by an average of 10.3 hours annually and saved their businesses an average of $353 per person per year versus to non-participants.

With reduced sickness costs factored in, the total business gain is now $928 per employee per year. By this logic, a small investment in your employees’ wellbeing can generate astronomical ROI.

 

  1. Wellness programmes can lead to important changes in behaviour

Inspiring a lasting change to behaviour is challenging for many Brits, but workplace wellness programmes can provide key support. The benefits of employee wellness programmes can include improvements in physical activity; better nutrition; and a reduction in body weight, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.

 

So the question remains: what are you doing to help your employee wellness?