Integrating Workplace Wellness as part Company Culture

Employers are embracing workplace wellness programs because of their proven ability to drive down costs and increase profitability. The value of workplace wellness has been demonstrated to go well beyond the obvious benefit of lower health insurance premiums. The most meaningful benefits achieved by investing in workplace wellness include reduced absenteeism, greater employee engagement, increased productivity, improved employee retention, and increased employee satisfaction and morale. One study shows that happier employees can be up to 20% more productive than their unhappy counterparts. [1] All of these benefits of workplace wellness can add up to a competitive advantage and long-term business success. When approaching workplace wellness, many companies focus on disease management programs that address the more obvious causes of poor employee wellness: smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. It is no question that these issues have to be addressed as a part of striving for a healthier workforce, however it’s more important to take a look at the entire workplace culture and whether it’s supporting the health of employees. Creating a culture of health and wellness is about much more than healthy eating options and fitness challenges. It’s about ensuring that health and wellness is a priority and that decisions are…