The Well-Being ROI: Why Every Business Should Focus on Workplace Wellness
If you’ve been reading business articles lately, you’ve likely heard the term Workplace Wellness. Now more than ever, workplaces are taking on some of the responsibility for keeping their employees healthy.
This makes sense, many employees spend a third of their day at the office. And more evidence is finding extended periods of sitting at computer screens isn’t necessarily good for people. Ethically, corporations have a responsibility to ensure employees are performing their work in as healthy of an environment as possible.
Ethics aside, if you still need bottom-line convincing, here’s some of the ROIs you can expect from employee wellness.
Employees who have access to wellness programs are almost 20% more likely to enjoy their job and give their overall benefits plans top marks. That’s a tough start to ignore. But it makes sense: employees who are cared for, care more about their job.
If that’s not enough, people with access to health-improving wellness programs feel more responsible for managing the cost of their benefits spending.
Wellness programs don’t just create job satisfaction, they create life satisfaction. If job satisfaction leads to more productivity. Just imagine what life satisfaction can do! Many companies now even include wellness goals as part of performance reviews. Tracking employee goals helps track wellness program results, but it also shows more investment in your employees.
Don’t stop at the workday, if you’re invested in making a positive impact on your employee’s life and health overall, they’re sure to thank you with their best work.
Of course, healthy and happy employees aren’t going to call in sick or “call in sick” as often. The long-time savings of reduced absenteeism positively affect your bottom line.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies
Employees with Wellness Plan access are 50% more likely to agree that their workplace helps them manage stress than those without wellness plans. It’s not all about the body! Wellness programs usually have a mental health component as well. Of course, when you focus on exercise and eating right, better mental health is likely to follow.
Remember, stress doesn’t just affect the brain. It’s the silent killer that can lead to all kinds of chronic illnesses and expensive treatments. Managing stress should be a top priority for every business to save money in the long term.
Building a strong work community isn’t easy, but it can be incredibly valuable to the well-being of your employees and your business. Wellness programs can create all sorts of opportunities for co-workers to bond. Work-sponsored yoga classes, lunch-time walks, healthy eating challenges – they can all create friendly gatherings or competitions to bond employees.
There’s no reason your employees shouldn’t enjoy spending a third of their day at your office, especially if there’s always fun and healthy things going on. An investment in wellness is the way of the future. And believe us, your mindful, healthy and happy employees will thank you for it.