Building a healthier workforce is possible, and we can help. With the right workforce wellness program, you can look forward to reduced stress among employees, fewer sick days, increased productivity and greater employee satisfaction.
Reduce and prevent health risk
In spite of a booming culture of health, there's still plenty of illness and disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The risk factors associated with heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, physical inactivity and smoking. More than one-third of American adults are considered obese, and medical expenses for individuals with diabetes are double compared to those without. One in three U.S. adults, or some 67 million people, has high blood pressure.
The good news is that these conditions are largely preventable. Making better lifestyle choices, such as eating healthier food, exercising more and quitting smoking, can help reduce the risk of developing a chronic condition.
As an employer, you can have a positive influence by creating a workplace that fosters and supports healthy choices. An effective wellness program can facilitate a cultural change that reaps longer-term benefits at your workplace and ultimately impacts your bottom line in a positive way through:
Healthier employees typically use less health care benefits, including worker's compensation. Less healthy employees, however, tend to incur health care costs proportionate to their number of risk factors. With greater risk comes greater cost.
Reduced absenteeism and increased productivity
Healthier employees miss fewer days of work. When employees are healthier, they’re typically happier and more productive.
Fostering a healthy workplace can help you retain high-performing staff. Employees tend to notice when you make an effort to help them feel good. By uniting employees around a common cause and empowering them to participate through challenges or other healthy activities, you build camaraderie. Employees who support each other along the journey to better health are more likely to stick with it.
You may attract potential employees who want to work at an organization committed to their health. Also, you may find that business and community affiliates are more interested in partnering with you because of your dedication to workforce wellness.
You can bring health into your workplace by doing things that are relatively easy and inexpensive. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Encourage regular stretch breaks
- Organize a walking program
- Host a healthy potluck
- Subscribe to a health newsletter for your employees
- Prohibit tobacco use on company grounds
- Promote free resources offered by your health plan