Learn how much an employee wellness program can impact your bottom line.

Broken piggy bank All companies strive for happy, more productive employees in the workplace. After all, most people spend more time at work than anywhere else in their day-to-day lives, with most Americans working approximately 47 hours a week. That’s about 164 more hours than the average work week was 20 years ago. Therefore, it only makes sense why the attitude and health of your employees can have such a large impact on how your company functions as a whole.
However, even with all of the recent studies and surveys that have been released profiling the benefits that employers and employees can expect from implementing a corporate-sponsored wellness program, the question among many still remains the same: “what will my return on investment be?”
There are a number of different behaviors which help lead to better health for employees: being a non-smoker, eating your five daily servings of fruits and veggies, drinking moderately, having healthy levels of fat intake and, most importantly, following a regular exercise and fitness regime. The culture of exercise and wellness not only promotes positive life changes that affect each individual, but also an employer’s bottom line.
To help give you a better idea of the why it is so important for employees to maintain a healthy work/life balance, and how it can help to significantly benefit your company in the long run, we have put together some of the most significant return on investments you can expect from a corporate wellness program.
Fewer Sick Days
One ROI that comes from healthy employees is a reduction in the cost of illness and injuries throughout the work place. This doesn’t just include common workplace illnesses such as allergies or a cold, but also long-term complications from problems such as diabetes, heart disease or a stroke. There are also a number of work-related injuries that employees could face if they are not regularly active, such as stress fractures, back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Lower Health Costs
One of the largest benefits of any corporate-sponsored health program is a significant reduction in the cost of healthcare. This is because employees often have to rely on costly programs such as sick leave or disability programs when they are unhealthy or under a lot of stress from work. However, a regular fitness program will keep employee hearts healthy and will increase endorphins in the brain, which act as a mood enhancer.
Increased Employee Loyalty
Corporate wellness programs are a large factor in the enhanced retention of employees. This is very beneficial because, not only does recruiting and marketing for a vacant position cost a lot of time and money, but employees who are happy in their position will stay longer and be more productive and efficient in their roles.
However, when it comes to achieving the highest ROI from your corporate wellness program, it is important to choose a program that integrates a large number of health components in order to improve employee participation and encourage people to make healthy, active choices. To learn more about the many benefits of Walkingspree’s corporate-sponsored wellness program, be sure to contact us today.
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