Benefits of an Employee Wellness Program

How Employee Wellness Programs Can Benefit You

Healthy employees cost you less and are more productive.

Make it a goal to invest in and implement a wellness program as soon as possible – don’t wait until most of your employees are stressed, sick or applying for other jobs.

The Many Benefits of Employee Wellness Programs

Decrease in Healthcare Costs

Organizations report significant decreases in healthcare costs once they incorporate wellness programs into their worksite. In 2010, a study focused on cost savings garnered by workplace wellness programs, and investigators found the medical costs return on investment (ROI) to be $3.27 for every dollar spent and the absenteeism ROI to be $2.73 for every dollar spent.

Retention of Key Employees

Organizations that implement wellness programs normally experience lower rates of employee turnover. Recruiting, marketing and advertising for vacant positions are very costly and time-consuming. If your employees are happy and healthy and enjoy working at your organization, you will be able to focus more time and energy on actually getting the job done.

Lower Healthcare Claims

When employees are healthy and less stressed, they tend to rely less on costly programs such as disability insurance and sick leave. Organizations report significant decreases in healthcare costs once they incorporate wellness programs into their worksite.

Fewer Work-Related Injuries

Workplace wellness programs result in fewer injuries, less human error and a work environment that is more harmonious and relaxed. Employees often report a reduction in their stress levels due to workplace wellness programs.

Increased Productivity

Most people spend more hours a day at work and commuting to work than anywhere else. In fact, the typical American works approximately 47 hours a week, which is at least 164 hours more per year than the average 20 years ago1.

Employees who are unhealthy or stressed tend to become sick more often than employees in good health. Given these statistics, it is easy to see why maintaining a healthy work – life balance is becoming increasingly important.

Improved Employee Morale

Most employers agree that healthy employees are happy employees. Healthy employees are more productive and satisfied with their work, are absent fewer days, have fewer injuries, incur lower healthcare costs and generally contribute to an organization’s greater success.
By providing employees relevant information on a regular basis about weight management, eating right, and exercising, you can help raise their awareness of health risks and solutions and provide the skills and motivation to help them make healthy lifestyle choices. Employers can take a variety of steps to promote healthy lifestyles and create an organizational culture that values and promotes healthy choices.

The Cost of Poor Health to the Economy

  • In 2010, annual direct and overall costs resulting from cardiovascular disease in the United States were estimated at $273 billion and $444 billion, respectively, and as the age of the workforce increases, these costs are expected to rise substantially.
  • In 2008, the costs of obesity were estimated at $147 billion and inactivity costs $201 billion annually2.
  • Every year smoking alone costs Delaware more than $355 million tobacco related health care expenditures and $368 million in lost productivity.
Individuals are responsible for the choices they make.

Regardless of its size or budget, there are policies, programs and activities that your organization can implement to promote healthy lifestyles.

Looking for more compelling facts and figures about the financial benefits of worksite wellness programs? Download this free PDF provided by The Wellness Council of America: Making the Case.
Here’s more information on the steps involved in creating an employee wellness program.
1Information provided by the American Cancer Society – Delaware Chapter.
2Baicker K, Cutler D, Song Z. Workplace wellness programs can generate savings. Health Affairs. 2010; 29(2):304-311.