Wellness participation

Employers want healthy, happy, and productive employees and many utilise wellness programmes as the answer. A comprehensive wellness programme that addresses all aspects of employee health and well-being is no longer a workplace perk but is rather a critical investment in the long-term success of the organisation. Through workplace wellness programmes, organisations can realise improved productivity, less absenteeism, fewer workplace accidents, reduced turnover, an improved reputation, and the resulting cost savings and business growth. However, although wellness programmes offer great benefits for employers and employees, getting employees to buy-in to wellness programmes and use them can be a challenge. Employees who participate in wellness programmes perceive themselves as healthier and more productive at work, they have a more positive attitude toward their employer, and they are more likely to stay with their employer.[1] However, the key to an effective wellness program is employee adoption, and studies show that as few as 24% of employees may be using the program.[2] One study found that 60% of nonparticipants said that they would be open to participating in a wellness program but don’t for a variety of reasons. A lack of information or awareness, inconvenience, and an unsupportive company culture, were cited as barriers.…