Good Reasons to Incorporate Workplace Wellness Program with Your Business
There is a long established belief that happy employees are more productive workers and are thus more contributing to the company they work for. Believing in this notion, many companies have adopted various means that makes the workforce feel good about themselves such as giving incentives.
But while rewards are themselves enough motivation to keep every employee more output-efficient at work, it takes a healthy people to attain a level of well-being that is both happy and productive at the workplace. Although being healthy is one man’s business to himself, it is not necessarily just a personal plight. Putting a company’s interest in the overall picture, keeping an employee’s quality of health into consideration subsequently becomes a win-win solution to its success.
Investing in that belief, statistics claim that at least 83% of large firms incorporate a so-called Workplace Wellness Program as part of their strategy for success.
What is a Workplace Wellness Program?
A Workplace Wellness Program is a curriculum aimed at promoting good health and wellness to people at the workplace setting. Unlike a similar program which oftentimes come with an insurance plan, the Workplace Wellness Program is designed to be perky in that it compels all persons of interest to participate and by so doing, promote their well-being.
But “perks” are not the only driving force to this program. Even a “punishment,” too, such as penalizing un-attending participants is also known to be effective in pushing health to employees, at times more effective than laying out some perks.
What are the different kinds of the Workplace Wellness Program?
Divided into multiple options, each of which designed for addressing potential health risks or existing health problems, the Workplace Wellness Program is categorized based on the following:
- Smoking cessation
A program aimed at helping smokers in the workforce to stop from their unhealthy habit. Not only will this program help extend a person’s life—and therefore, prolonged employment and longer contribution to the company— by cutting his vice at any point in his life, doing so will also save the company at least $6000 per every person who managed to call it quits with cigarette smoke, that is, according to the American Lung Association.
- Diabetes management
Diabetes mellitus has become a common problem among workers whose workspace is the office, doing clerical work at extended hours of the day. Although the disease itself is manageable, diabetes mellitus is not without its complications, sometimes deadly, which typically arises after some very extensive period.
- Weight loss
Like diabetes, overweightness is a usual health concern among employees who work in the office, often marked by being sedentary. While being overweight itself is not necessarily the problem, there are many latent issues—all of which detrimental to a person—that may arise simply by having a body weight that exceeded what is benchmarked to be as normal.
- Preventative health screening
It is nothing new that certain diseases are preventable in that there are steps that can be done to offset their development. Although the preventative health screening may not necessarily all-encompassing, it works great in spotting potential diseases to which many individuals are predisposed to, particularly those who share similarity in the quality of lifestyle as imposed by work.
What is the benefit of the Workplace Wellness Program to the company?
Proponents of the Workplace Wellness Program claim that companies who adopted its principles are likely to get more from their employees due to increased productivity and prolonged employment while at the same time potentially saving the company a lot of money from expensive health insurance spending for each afflicted employee.
Furthermore, it is also believed that companies whose employees undergo the Workplace Wellness Program benefit from a significant improvement of the following aspects of its structure—collaboration, culture, and the people’s mental health.
How does the program benefit the employee?
All employees spend much of their time at work which pushes them to resort to their “feel good” vices or takes away their chances to do other things that may contribute to their health. Through the Workplace Wellness Program, a participating employee is exposed to activities that are especially-designed to sustain their well-being, not just for the benefit of themselves but also for the company which hires them to do work.
To reiterate, workers who are both happy and healthy are considered productive members in the workforce. By capitalizing on these two important elements through the program, the companies ultimately benefit.