There are a number of reasons why Employee Wellness Programs are beneficial.
1. Enhanced Morale – When the organizational culture begins
to change as a result of your health promotion efforts, you and your employees
may actually start to see and feel a new level of energy within the corporation.
Ultimately, one of the most ambitious goals of any comprehensive health promotion
program is to attempt to influence the attitudes and actions of the organization’s
most valuable resource — its employees.
2. Lowered Turnover – As we all know, staff member replacement
costs can be quite high for any kind of corporation. The effort and expense
associated with running employment ads, reading applications, checking references,
interviewing qualified candidates, hiring and training a new staff member can
be a serious burden on any corporation. In light of the challenges that high
staff member turnover pose, many organizations are looking to health promotion
programs as an additional perk that can help to prevent employees from jumping
3. Increased 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, health promotion can prove to be a
very valuable tool in sealing the deal.
4. Lowered Absenteeism – When an staff member misses work in
a corporation 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, health promotion programs can play an important role in reducing rates
5. Health Care Cost Containment – Most organizations don’t
start a health promotion program with cost containment in mind. However, cost
containment for certain health problems should be considered a viable goal by
6. Enhanced staff member Health Status – One of the greatest
advantages of a well-designed health promotion initiative is the promise of
improved health. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests well-designed
health promotion initiatives can successfully impact such behaviors as tobacco
use, high-risk alcohol use, and more.