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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?