Corporate wellness seems to be one of those subjects that is often talked about, but rarely executed. In today’s “hyper-productive” society, we get so caught up with our work, that we lose focus in keeping our body, mind, and heart healthy.
Wellness isn’t just about having a healthy body, it entails having a sound mind that will allow you to execute tasks to the best of your abilities.
Is your company getting corporate wellness right?
Well, look at some of these statistics and start seeing how you (and your company) can improve on:
1. Medical Costs
Medical costs fall by about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs.
Basically, the more you invest into employee wellness programs, it will help with medical expenses for both the employee and the company as a whole. You know what they say, a dollar saved is more valuable than a dollar earned.
So consider investing time in wellness initiatives as it’ll help with the the betterment of your employees’ finances, in terms of health care.
2. Less Sick Leave
28% reduced sick leave, and 26% reduction in medical costs for workplace wellness programs.
That’s right, the healthier people are, the less sick they’ll be. It doesn’t take a world renowned scientist to figure that one out.
Something like an unlimited vacation policy will not only boost spirits, but make employees more productive.
If I may go on a bit of a relevant tangent, the only reason that people would want to vacation is because they work too damn hard; just recently, the 2nd richest person on earth said that 3 day workweeks, will make work more manageable for companies, employees, and create a better work-life balance.
So consider being a catalyst and instituting shorter workweeks, as it’ll give you happier and productive employees.
3. Move Around
80% of Americans work in jobs that require little or no physical activity.
We have previously mentioned different methods of moving around while doing work.
Attempting to use stand up desks will increase blood-flow throughout your body. Having walking meetings will give you a bit of a health boost, while at the same time, allow you to come up with even more creative ideas.
Whatever you do, get up and move around. It’s one thing to live a sedentary lifestyle, but when you’re mixing it with bad eating habits, stress, and spending copious amounts of time in front of a computer, it will not have good end-results.
So go for a walk, eat better, do whatever it takes to create a better you.
4. Bad Health Is Costing The Nation Trillions
$1.8 trillion is the annual impact of poor health, according to The U.S. Department of Labor
Whether it’s days missed, healthcare costs, or even just lack of productivity, poor health is costing the nation trillions of dollars. It doesn’t help out with our current national debt … but that’s a whole ‘nother issue.
If we collectively begin to improve our health habits and do better, we can improve our nation (and the world), no BS. So while doubters may be against some of the new healthcare laws, it will definitely benefit a company’s growth and production in the long run.
5. Too Much Treatment, Not Enough Prevention
For every $1 spent on healthcare, $0.95 is spent on treatment and only $0.05 is spent on prevention.
You know that movie Minority Report? Tom Cruise is basically able to stop crime before it happens. Wouldn’t it be nice if your company can prevent you from getting sick, or mentally unstable, before it happens?
It’s not something out of a science fiction film, you can easily just prevent people from getting sick by taking care of them and accommodating to their needs. It can be something as simple as providing healthy eating options, more free/down time, or just giving them freedom to do things.
Instead of spending so much money to make employees better, you can just treat them better and there will be no need to spend that much on treatment.
6. The Amount Of Stress At Work Is TOO DAMN HIGH
78% of Americans describe their jobs as stressful.
Stress at work is such a problem, that the CDC has a whole department studying its effects. Not to mention that it is developing a lot of mental health issues.
Personally, I have a genetic predisposition to anxiety problems, so I have to take care of this by creating a low-stress environment. I recommend that you do things that will make your job less stressful. Talk to your management about it, if they’re open-minded enough they’ll provide you with help that you’ll need.
If some of your problems are too harsh, I would recommend seeking help, and doing your best to make yourself happy. As selfish as it may sound, it’s your life, and you shouldn’t be stressed because of work.
7. Smoking Is Causing A Lot Of Problems
$75.5 billion per year in healthcare costs from smokers in the U.S.
Having dated two women that have smoked cigarettes in my lifetime, I can almost assure all my peers that this statistics is absolutely true. They always had to visit the doctor, whether it was respiratory problems, weakness, nauseousness, or immune system problems.
Bottomline, smoking is bad. The majority of people who smoke know it’s a bad habit and it does damage to the body. This might be a little bit to progressive, but I think that companies should offer treatment programs for smokers to quit.
I think this “perk” isn’t that bad and it will help a lot of people in the long run. At the end of the day, it’s up to the person, but they should know that it’s affecting them, and their health.
If Facebook and Apple can freeze eggs for their female employees, I’m sure you can sneak in a plan for smoking treatment.
8. Smokers Cause Billions Of Dollars In Lost Productivity
2X more lost productivity per week from smokers, costing an estimated $27 billion.
You can blame this on smoke breaks, health complications, or whatever reason you want, but smokers are less productive.
The example that I look at, is a company like Rackspace, who started doing their best to get all smokers treatment plans. As soon as they started the programs they were more productive and weren’t dependent on smoking.
9. Corporate Wellness Programs Lower Absenteeism
19% reduction in absenteeism, and a savings of $264 per employee, per year for on-site employee wellness programs.
The healthier the employees, the more they’ll be at work. If you have a healthy body, you’ll have a healthy mind, so do your best to stay healthy … and also, be mindful:
So follow some of the steps that we have provided in order to create happier, healthier, and more productive employees. It’ll keep them around a lot longer, and it will diminish any high stress levels within your office.
10. Less Sick Days For Those In Wellness Programs
70% fewer sick days for employees participating in wellness programs than those opting out.
This goes hand-in-hand with our previous statistic. When employees are participating in wellness programs, they’re less prone to getting sick and more likely to show up the work.
Unless you’re like some of us here at the Officevibe office that choose to lift a ridiculous amount of weight, and become so sore that you can’t walk the next day, you’ll be fine.
So start working healthier and try a corporate wellness program that best suits your office.
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