What Is Considered a Wellness Program?
What Are the Benefits of Wellness Programs?
Several studies have found wellness programs in the workplace generally result in the following benefits:
- Employees are sick less frequently and take off less sick time. This reduction in lost work days adds up to significant savings for employers, both in wages and workers’ compensation premiums.
- Employee morale improves individually, since healthier people make for more satisfied people, and organizationally, as employers and employees partner together.
- Productivity increases, since wellness programs lead to less absenteeism among staff. Productivity also increases overall because, though there are fewer staff members present at work, those who are present aren’t underperforming due to illness.
What Are Some Trends in Health and Wellness Benefits?
Some wellness benefits have not changed much over time. Consider the following:
- About half of the SHRM survey respondents offer CPR training to staff.
- Around 40 percent offer a smoking-cessation program.
- About the same number of employers provide an Employee Assistance Program and Flexible Spending Account options today as they did 20 years ago.
Other wellness benefits increasingly are offered, including:
- More companies provide a standing desk.
- Companies giving bonuses or similar rewards for completing certain health-related activities number more than 40 percent.
Some health benefits provided today were not possible two decades ago:
- Nearly a quarter of the SHRM companies allow employees to receive diagnoses, counseling or other health care via video or other electronic means.
Overall, employers that increase their employees’ access to health benefits and information retain happier and healthier workers who are more productive. To find out some ways to connect your staff to information related to their health, contact one of HealthSherpa’s knowledgeable consumer advocates or insurance agents.