A New Year, a Fresh Look at Employee Wellness Programs
It’s that time of year again when the New Year’s resolution crowd is hitting the gym, plans to eat healthier still seem fresh and doable, and the prevailing sentiment is, once again, to replace those old, unhealthy habits of ours with better ones. Many of your employees probably have personal wellness goals on their minds already; now is the perfect time to reassess how your organization might, or might not, be supporting them. Employee Wellness Programs can be a great way to take a positive step toward a healthy company culture.
Benefits of Employee Wellness Programs – Waist Lines and the Bottom Line
Encouraging your employees to be well can yield big results that not only benefit them, but can benefit your company’s bottom line with cost savings. Considering that the “average cost of providing health care makes up 7.6 percent of a company’s annual operating budget and equates to an average of $8,669 per covered employee” (Society for Human Resource Management), the cost of not addressing wellness can be significant.
An employee wellness program can create a less stressful work environment, which means your employees will have better moods, be less susceptible to stress-related illness, have more productive work days, and fewer absences. All of this adds up to reducing health care costs and reducing the strain on your company when employees miss work due to illness.
Comprehensive Company Wellness – Body, Mind, and Soul
The best physicians treat the whole person, not just the ailments of the physical body. Each of us is a complex integration of body, mind, and soul – a marvelous work of art. We are like a great orchestra playing a symphony, but when one section of players is falling behind tempo, the whole harmonious system can unravel.
Maybe the first failure happens in the clarinet section, and then the flutes and violas follow, adding to the cacophony. In our day-to-lives, we can suffer a number of assaults to our immune systems on a daily basis, as well as onslaughts against our mental, emotional, and spiritual states. Think about taking the totality of the individual into consideration when choosing and implementing a wellness program for your business.
When your employees feel well in all aspects of their lives, their focus, endurance, patience, tenacity, and courtesy will improve. In a nutshell, they will be ready and able to meet each day with their best selves.
Terryberry can help you implement the right Employee Wellness Program for your organization. Read more about our Employee Wellness Rewards and start the year with a fresh outlook on being, and staying, well.