Benefits of Workplace Wellness Programmes

Workplace wellness programmes are well on their way to becoming a workplace norm. Every type of company – from small start-ups to large multinationals – are now offering wellness programmes as a part of their overall employee benefits package. Research shows that promoting physical and mental health in the workplace has significant benefits for both employers and employees. [1] Cost savings When employees are healthier, costs associated with healthcare are dramatically reduced saving both the employee and employer money. Often employees directly contribute to the cost of their employer healthcare plans through premium payments, or indirectly through coinsurances. In one study, total healthcare spending at companies with an employee wellness programme experienced slower growth than companies without a programme. [2] Employees’ health improved through the reduction in chronic disease risk factors saving hundreds of dollars in health care costs per employee annually. Increased productivity Research demonstrates a clear link between physical activity and improved cognitive function, memory, and focus. [3] One study found that employees who participated in wellness programmes saved their employer more than $350 annually in productivity costs compared to non-participants. [4] Health improvement Employee wellness programmes that encourage physical activity can improve the overall health and well-being…