Debunking the most common myths about employer-sponsored health programs.
In the last few years, there have been numerous health articles and research studies published which share the significant impact that poor employee health and wellness can have on a company’s bottom line. For instance, there is scientific evidence which shows that a correlation exists between an individual’s unhealthy lifestyle and personal injury, disability and certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke and premature mortality.
However, while unhealthy behavior and lifestyle can greatly affect an individual’s health, it can also directly impact their employer’s workers’ compensation and health care costs. For instance, there are many indirect costs that are associated with an employee’s unhealthy lifestyle. Some of these include increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, work related injuries and excessive sick leave.
Luckily, the recognition of this has lead to an increase in corporate wellness programs in order to help facilitate a healthier lifestyle for employees and, in turn, improve a company’s bottom line. Especially in employer-sponsored programs which are focused on prevention and intervention, implementing a corporate wellness program into the workplace can result in long-term savings for the employer and a better quality of life for staff members.
However, like with any program that is relatively new to the corporate world, there has been a lot of misperceptions and myths that surround the topic of corporate health and wellness. Today, we will be debunking some of the most common myths about employer-sponsored health programs once and for all.
MYTH: Illness will occur among employees whether or not they work out.
While it is true that some illness, such as a cold or flu bug, can overtake even the healthiest of individuals, the majority of illnesses are a result of lifestyle choices. For instance, with the exception of automobile accidents, six of the top seven causes of death in the United States are lifestyle diseases. However, by becoming involved in an employer-sponsored wellness program, employees can begin to improve their overall health and wellness, decrease their stress and experience multiple health improvements.
MYTH: An employee’s health is not any of my company’s business.
One of the biggest arguments against corporate wellness programs is the defense that what an employee does on his or her own time should have no impact on the workplace. However, the truth of the matter is, when it comes to health insurance, benefits, workers compensation costs and productivity, it is definitely your company’s business. Plus, because many workers are now being asked to pay more out of pocket in order to cover the costs of rising health care benefits, employees are more sensitive than ever to their need to participate in beneficial wellness efforts.
MYTH: A corporate wellness program is too expensive for my company.
Corporate wellness programs can be surprisingly inexpensive and have been proven to be very cost-effective for both large and small companies. This is because successful employee wellness programs, such as the ones implemented by Walkingspree, can generate cost savings for your company in terms of both expenses due to employee absenteeism and employee health care costs simply by introducing your staff to a healthier lifestyle.
If you are interested in learning more about the many benefits that Walkingspree’s award winning corporate wellness program can offer your business, be sure to contact us today to learn about what our comprehensive program can do for you and your employees.