Ask yourself this, “Does my company prioritize employee health?” If you’re not putting your employees’ health and wellbeing first, you could be missing out on several benefits such as…
Better Work Performance
Is your company struggling to increase productivity? According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, workers who eat healthful meals are 20 to 25 percent more likely to have higher job performance. Also, employees who exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes, three times a week) are 15 percent more likely to do better at their jobs.
Absenteeism is also 27 percent lower for these employees. Consider investing in a health management program for your employees if you want to see improvements in their productivity and performance.
Reduced Healthcare Costs
As we’ve said before, healthcare is getting more expensive by the month. But not having any sort of wellness program just to control finances will cost more.
According to Prevent.org, the indirect costs of poor health (e.g. absenteeism) can be twice or even thrice the amount of direct medical costs. On the other hand, worksite health promotion programs can help employees save an average of $3.50-to-$1 (savings to cost ratio) based on a review of 73 published studies.
Don’t forget too, that for a lot of companies, medical expenditures account for about 50 percent or more of corporate diseases.
Positive Work Culture
A well-tailored employee health program fosters a culture of wellness. This type of positive work culture makes employees feel valued and appreciated. They will feel that their company doesn’t just support them professionally, but also on a personal level.
It’s very motivating for employees to see their company sincerely making efforts in leading them towards a healthier lifestyle. If you can also eliminate stressors from the workplace, you’ll no doubt reap the benefits of a happier and more productive workforce.
Are You Doing Enough to Prioritize Employee Health?
What’s your current health benefits program like? Do you think your employees are happy with your health insurance plan?
What about your wellness initiatives? How sure are you that your employees are taking full advantage of your corporate wellness benefits?
Though catastrophic events will still happen, a well-put plan with the proper benefits allows for the best outcomes at the most appropriate price.
Make Health a Priority Today
If you’re not getting the ROI you expected from your employee wellness program, it’s time to sit down with stakeholders and re-evaluate. You might also want to check what your competitors are offering.
With some planning, you’ll be able to come up with a comprehensive program that puts your employee’s health and well-being first and all the benefits that come with it.