Healthcare is subject to trends and fads, just as much as any industry. Lately, wellness has been an increasingly popular approach to personal health… and to employee health benefits. When we’re talking about workplace wellness, we’re talking about employer sponsored education and activities that promote healthy lifestyles for employees. This can take several different forms like company-wide healthy behavior contests and subsidized use of fitness facilities.
So what are the major benefits of offering a workplace wellness program?
Ensuring the Best Employee Performance
According to recent studies by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 84% of large employers offer some kind of wellness program to their employees. It’s a popular benefit and for good reason! Employee wellness can impact your company in many ways, such as:
- Lowering healthcare costs
- Increasing productivity
- Decreasing absenteeism
Offering a wellness program means that you’re getting the very best of what your employees can bring. According to the CDC, employees in companies with an established culture of health are three times more likely to actively strive for healthier lifestyles.
Workplace Wellness Offerings Lead to More Successful Recruiting
Everyone wants to work for a company that cares about the wellbeing of their employees. Offering a robust wellness program and showing that your company promotes a culture of health can attract top talent.
Additionally, wellness programs have been shown to boost employee morale and help companies to keep that top talent they bring in. Employee engagement with a company wellness program does more than just improve employee health, it provides access to social support through other active coworkers and increased self-esteem and motivation.
Cost Savings for Employers
Healthcare costs are among the largest categories for employer spending. This is especially true when it comes to care for employees with chronic conditions. Did you know that most chronic health conditions are rooted in lifestyle factors like being overweight and smoking?
Workplace wellness programs fight back against these health risk factors and can save employers on overall healthcare costs. As an employer, the health and care of your employees is just as important as keeping your costs low and your business competitive. That’s how we approach healthcare at Boon. Whether it’s through a robust wellness program or meaningful healthcare benefits, investing in your employees is the best investment decision you can make.
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