There are a number of reasons why a Employee Wellness Plan is beneficial.
- Improved Morale – When the organizational culture begins
to change as a result the Employee Wellness Program, you and your staff members
may actually begin to see and feel a new level of energy within the organization.
Ultimately, one of the most ambitious objectives of any broad-based Employee
Wellness Plan is to attempt to sway the attitudes and actions of the organization’s
most valuable resource — its staff members.
- Lowered Turnover – As we all know, staff member replacement
costs can be quite high for any kind of business. The effort and expense associated
with running employment ads, reading applications, checking references, interviewing
qualified candidates, hiring and training a new employee can be a serious
burden on any business. In light of the challenges that high staff member
turnover pose, many organizations are looking to Employee Wellness Programs
as an additional perk that can help to prevent staff members from jumping
- Improved Recruitment Potential – In the midst of a very
tight labor market, organizations are forced to pull out the stops in order
to recruit new talent. In some instances, Employee Wellness Programs can prove
to be a very valuable tool in sealing the deal.
- Lowered Absenteeism – When an employee misses work in a
business setting, the entire organization is forced to absorb his/her responsibilities.
Even in the event of the occasional absence caused by things like colds and
the flu, work can back-up and tensions can build.
Even worse is a long-term absence caused by a major health event that requires
hospitalization and/or rehabilitation. By preventing certain types of illness
caused by poor lifestyle habits, Employee Wellness Programs can play an important
role in reducing rates of absenteeism.
- Medical Care Cost Containment – Most organizations don’t
start a Employee Wellness Plan with cost containment in mind. However, cost
containment for certain health problems should be considered a viable goal
by many organizations.
- Improved Employee Health Status – One of the greatest advantages
of a well-designed Employee Wellness Plan is the promise of improved health.
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests well-designed Employee Wellness
Programs can successfully impact such behaviors as tobacco use, high-risk
alcohol use, seatbelt use and more.