Health Promotion: Wellness Programs
Research spanning more than a decade has consistently shown wellness programs to be financially effective and that every dollar invested on a wellness program can return $2.30 and $10.10 by decreasing absenteeism, sick day usage and by decreasing insurance costs.
Moreover it’s noted that there are marked improvements in employee performance and productivity in organizations that start a health promotion program.
Healthy corporations enjoy increased employee morale and an improved ability to attract and retain key people . Additionally, staff are more alert and productive.
For instance, Coca Cola reports that they save almost $500 a year per employee once they implemented an exercise plan in which 60 percent of their personnel participate.
Coors Brewing Business reported that personnel who participated in their wellness programs reduced their absentee rate by 18 percent.
Employees enjoy their share of benefits from wellness programs too. A healthful lifestyle affects every part of a person’s life, including their work environment.
Health promotion programs result in fewer injuries, less human error and a work environment that is more harmonious and relaxed. Furthermore, employees who work at a company that starts a health promotion program know that their company is concerned about their wellness.
Staff Members often report a reduction in their stress levels because of health promotion programs.
As staff feel better, more relaxed, more valued and more human to their company; they enjoy an increase in productivity. This increase in productivity, while advantageous to the corporation, is also essential to the worker as it increases their own sense of self worth and confidence levels.
Employees who feel successful and who feel that they accomplish objectives are overall happier and in a better frame of mind.
The benefits of health promotion programs, both tangible and intangible, are evident. It is a wise move for a company to start a health promotion program, particularly when they incorporate some form of psychological health aspect into it.
This also has social benefits as domestic violence and child abuse is shown to be reduced in areas where wellness programs are implemented. These days, an organization can almost not afford to have some sort of wellness program to offer to their employees.