It’s Monday morning again. Another 40 hours of stressful meetings, unreasonable deadlines, and unbearable co-workers stand in front of you and the freedom of the weekend. Another 40 hours. Many workers are unsatisfied, disengaged, and just plain stressed out, which can lead to sickness, low-productivity, and unhealthy lifestyle choices. This is among the reasons that companies are implementing wellness programs. From weight loss to on-site health screenings, companies are seeing the benefits of helping employees lower their stress and improve their health and well-being. Here’s why wellness programs work.
- Employees like job perks. On-site gyms, service discounts, such as weight loss programs, and educational seminars are perks that employees enjoy.
- Increased loyalty. In a recent study, 41% of respondents either strongly or somewhat agreed that wellness benefits made them harder working and better performing. Additionally, 40% of respondents stated that a wellness program would make them more likely to stay with an employer.
- Lower insurance premiums. As prices go up, many employers are passing health insurance costs along to employees. By participating in wellness programs, employees can be healthier and more active, which can lead to lower insurance costs.
- Bonding. Imagine training for a 5K with your co-workers or competing in a weight loss completion, or healthy recipe challenge at work. All of these things create a common bond of health between employees. These things give co-workers a common goal and interest and give being at work more purpose and excitement.
- Rewards. Walk 100,000 steps and get a free lunch. Lose 20 pounds and get an extra hour off work. These are effective incentives for employees to become healthier.
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This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.