A Case for Wellness
What is the case for maintaining employee health and Wellbeing?
Why does good nutrition, coping with fatigue and managing stress always seem to be associated with or restricted to employees personal lives?
The average full-time worker will spend over a third of their waking week in work (based on a 39.2-hour working week and accounting for eight hours’ sleep each night) and therefore employers have a responsibility to look after their staff if a business is to become happier and healthier too.
Again and again, wellness research suggests that individuals who are supported and actively manage their health are more productive, happier and less sickness and absences from with workplace. One study found that employee wellness initiatives resulted in a 17 percent decline in total hospital visits and a 35 percent decline in visits to general practitioners.
Why Choose Wellness?
- Increases your team spirit
- Increases employee engagement
- Increases motivation
- Increases employee productivity
- Increases performance, and
- Enhances your corporate image and brand
- Improves employee stress levels
- Overall improvement in absenteeism & presenteeism
- Reduction in staff turnover
- Has a positive effect on the physical & mental health of your employees
- Increases your organisation’s staff morale
- It provides your employees all the information regarding their current health status and how they can improve on that status
- Your organisations can understand if you are vulnerable to future health risks
- Empower you as an organisation to be proactive in changing the culture of employee’s health
- Reduces absenteeism
- Boosts staff morale
- Encourages employee’s commitment and productivity
- Your employees give more back to you
Employers are not the only people considering the benefits of wellness programs. In a recent study, nearly 68 percent of employees said they would participate in wellness programs to achieve better overall physical health
Employees identify with and participate wellbeing strategies for a number of reasons:
- Reduction in personal health issues
- Improved potential for living a longer and healthier life
- Receiving employer incentives for participation
- Reduction in anxiety and stress