BENEFITS OF A WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAM

Partnering with the YMCA through our Workplace Wellness Program is a great way for your company to ensure healthy, happy employees all year long. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, for every 100 employees in this country:  

59 do not get adequate exercise
50 have high cholesterol
27 have cardiovascular disease
32 are at least 20% over weight
24 have high blood pressure
21 smoke

Benefit #1: Containment of health care costs 
There is an estimated $2 to $6 return on every $1 allocated to employee wellness. The majority of U.S. health care expenses can be attributed to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases and health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and asthma. Positive lifestyle changes, such as increased physical activity and a healthy diet, can often prevent these costly medical conditions before they arise.

Benefit #2: Increased workplace productivity
Workers who exercise on a regular basis tend to have more energy and be more productive while at work. As little as 30 minutes of physical activity several days a week can have a significant and positive impact on workers’ physical and mental well-being. In a NASA study, productivity increased 12.5% for participants in a workplace fitness program and individuals reported improvement in concentration and their ability to make effective decisions. Injury incidence reduced by 25% per capita, workers’ compensation cost reduced by 47%

Benefit #3: Increased workplace morale
Active and healthy employees enjoy increased ability to cope with stress and changes within the work environment and experience a more positive attitude towards life.

Benefit #4: Decreased employee turnover
According to a survey from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, 78% of employees would utilize a corporate wellness program and 50% consider it an incentive to continue with their present employer. This is a great way to show employees that your company considers them assets rather than expenses.

Benefit #5: Decreased absenteeism
Employees suffering from a chronic health condition are more likely to miss work than healthy employees. Average days of sick leave reduced by 21% across 20 studies conducted over a 2 year period. Absenteeism costs fall by about $2.73 for every dollar spent. Johnson & Johnson reduced their absenteeism by 15% within two years of introducing their wellness program. They also cut their hospital costs by 34% after just 3 years.

Want more information? Check out the artical entitled "What's the Hard Return On Employee Wellness Programs?" from the Harvard Business Review 
The Door County YMCA has engagement ideas, employee incentives, and partnership plans that make offering a Workplace Wellness Plan easy. To find out how your company can get started, contact Brenda Rosenstiel at 743-4949.