Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance
What are these Programs For?
Workplace wellness programs are put in place to encourage a healthy lifestyle in and outside the workplace and improve health outcomes. These programs may involve a variety of activities including both educational and physical activities. For example, introducing medical screenings, health fairs, health coaching, fitness programs, onsite fitness facilities, healthy vending machines, “walk and talk” meetings; the list is endless and could encompass anything that makes a positive change to the health status of those in the workplace.
What are the Benefits?
Investing in the health of employees is cost effective; preventative health practices such as raising awareness and regular screenings mean fewer illnesses. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report found that by using workplace wellness programs, healthcare costs decreased, as did short-term sick leave, resulting in a significant increase in productivity in the workplace. Such programs don’t just increase productivity due to fewer days lost to illness, but also act to increase employee satisfaction and motivation in the workplace, leading to higher productivity.
The main thing that the success of workplace wellness programs demonstrates is that a healthy and satisfying lifestyle is not the result or reward of success, but instead a factor that enables people to achieve. An investment in the health of the workforce is a true investment in the workplace itself.
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