91% of full time employees have at least one health condition negatively impacting productivity
77% of employees think that employee wellness programs positively impact the company culture.
You can’t control the health of your employees, but you can empower and simplify their pursuit of personal wellbeing. When done correctly, wellbeing programs give employees incentives, tools, social support, privacy and strategies to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.
Today’s employer must embrace the reality that the terms “health” or “wellbeing” involve much more than doctors and health insurance carriers. Wellbeing is generally evaluated from each of the following perspectives:
Employers who are intentional about empowering their employees to pursue personal wellbeing reap many benefits. While difficult to quantify, research consistently demonstrates significant reductions in presenteeism, absenteeism and much higher levels of employee engagement and achieving a desired culture within organizations promoting personal wellbeing.
Employers often do not have to look much further than vendors and programs already in place to build out their wellbeing programs. On top of that, some of the best wellbeing ideas grow organically from wellness champions already in your firm. The possibilities are endless but range from activity device tracking competitions, employee walks, and “take the stairs” campaigns to ensuring your organization is competitive in it’s flexible work environments and personal leave policies.
Furthermore, more and more employers are exploring options beyond their health insurance vendor to implement “point of service” programs with organizations who specialize in specific chronic disease management areas such as diabetes, heart health, musculoskeletal, and so on. These programs generally more than pay for themselves as your employees often receive concierge-level assistance in helping them navigate their chronic conditions.