How many hours of productivity does your business lose each year due to employee health issues? Healthy employees are the cornerstone of a healthy business. Regardless of the business model or industry, the impact of poor health at work can lead to great losses. The numbers tell the story:
- Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems cost U.S. employers $1,685 per employee per year, or $225.8 billion annually. (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine)
- The indirect costs (e.g., absenteeism, presenteeism) of poor health can be two to three times the direct medical costs.(Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine)
- Obesity and related chronic diseases cost employers up to $93 billion per year in health insurance claims (North Carolina Medical Journal)
- The cost of obesity, including medical expenditures and absenteeism, for a company with 1,000 employees is estimated to be $277,000 per year (North Carolina Medical Journal)
Sickness isn’t entirely avoidable, but simple steps can equal big changes. HealthyLee’s Workplace Wellness Initiative helps businesses invest in their employee’s health in simple ways that reap big rewards! Together we can make incremental progress, reducing sick days and increase productivity in the office, by helping employees adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life and enhance personal effectiveness. All of these things benefit the employee, as well as the organization’s bottom line.
There are many ways to implement a wellness program in the workplace. Options are as varied as your workforce. The key is to choose to start now. Here are some steps to help you get started:
- Empower a group within your company to be your wellness committee. Ask them to identify some ways that your company can support the employee’s wellness.
- Decide how much money you can invest in the program (don’t let funding stop you; there are many cost-free ways to implement a wellness program)
- Consider offering rewards for participating employees such as recognition, gift cards, lower insurance premiums, etc.
- Incorporate health and wellness into your company culture. Change the snacks in the break room. Make celebrating progress an agenda item for every meeting. Put charts up tracking progress toward goals.
- Encourage your employees to get creative and have fun. Implementing a wellness program is a great opportunity for team building and social interaction for your staff.
- Lead by example. Remember that you are a leader, and you need to walk the talk. Your employees will look to your example and if you are taking care of your health, they will be more inclined to follow suit.