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Top 5 Reasons to Start a Workplace Wellness Program

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 7:14am | by Guest Contributor

The one place where most of us spend the majority of our working hours is at the office. So, it should make perfect sense that more and more companies are starting up wellness programs because a healthy staff means a productive environment. However, there are several other reasons why having a workplace wellness program is a good idea. We've enclosed five of them:

It keeps people at work more. Although some people may not be as honest as they probably should be about the reason why these are using their sick days, the truth of the matter is that most use them because well, they are sick. When you have a wellness program, it helps to keep their immune system intact. This means the risks of getting ill goes down and the probability of people showing up for work every day goes up.

It lowers healthcare costs. There are many studies that support the fact that companies with wellness programs tend to pay significantly less in healthcare costs than business that don't. That's because when people are sick and use their healthcare benefits, that can start to have an effect on the company's premiums. Less visits, less money to pay.

It improves the work rate. Have you ever seen someone come into work with a bad cold or the flu? How productive could they really be in between taking medications, drinking tea and coughing and sneezing all day long? When people are physically feel well, it tends to make them more positive and energized all the way around. And when people are happy, healthy and focused, they are able to get more work done, and done in excellence.

It reduces costs in general. Only the CEO or the people in the accounting department probably really think about the fact that when people do not show up to work, ultimately, it costs the company more money. That's because when the person who is supposed to do a certain job is unavailable, one way or another, someone has to "catch the slack". And, unless another individual is properly cross-trained, that might mean that the job will have to wait until the sick person returns. This is yet one more reason why a wellness program is effective. It's actually cheaper for people to come to work than to be sick at home.

It can bond a company. Another cool thing about having a wellness program at work is that you can come up with all kinds of creative ways to do it. For instance, you can start up some personal training courses that individuals can partake in after work hours. Or, you can provide discounts to local gyms. You can encourage people to meet on the weekends for intramural sports or to go bike riding or walking. You can also hold different kinds of weight loss and holistic meal contests, with prizes for those who choose to participate. There are a lot of benefits to all of these suggestions, but one of the main ones is that it encourages the staff to bond outside of work and when people get along well, that's always great for the company's environment overall.

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