Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.
The term workplace wellness programs might call to mind images of lines of identical Chinese workers, all in grey pajama suits, performing calisthenics before the factory day began. Well, Western organizations and businesses also recognize that physical fitness is an important part of keeping productivity high. There is also the fact that health issues cost businesses money.
For workplace wellness programs, today’s companies don’t have to line up their workers in rows to keep them fit. Workplace health-promotion activities now make use of gentler means: health fairs, health education, medical screenings, weight management, newsletters and the provision of healthy foods in the cafeteria and vending machines.
The Need to Motivate
Employees still need to be motivated to participate in wellness programs. Unless offered some incentive, very few will show an interest. Most companies find that they need to offer some financial reward for undertaking healthy activities. In a survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal, it was found that an average of $100 per employee is required in order to get 75% of the workforce to participate. It is also necessary to provide a variety of different activities, and so the costs to the company begin to rise.
However, on reckoning the costs and benefits in healthier employees, most businesses find that a workplace wellness program is an excellent investment.
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