Workplace Wellness is defined by the Harvard Business Review as “an organized, employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization’s bottom line.” Our Workplace Wellness program adheres to this structure in order to cut corporate costs and increase productivity while improving employee morale and overall quality of life.
Because of our well-rounded approach to personal fitness, nutrition and overall wellness, we are able to provide effective wellness solutions and programs specifically developed for a corporate setting. It is our belief that everyone is capable of reaching their top level of wellness provided they’re equipped with the proper tools, recommendations and coaching. Our objective is to help you to reach your prime!
The measurable benefits to the individual employee and the company as a whole are without question. By improving employee quality of life, the company’s bottom line is positively impacted. Statistics to show the positive effects of an organized wellness initiative are overwhelming. Many of these benefits become very apparent in the following areas:
A substantial decrease in medical care, pharmaceutical costs and utilization.
Decreased disability and worker’s compensation costs.
A decrease in safety incident rates
A decrease in lost and/or modified work days related to safety incidents.
Decreased Absenteeism – Illness-related absenteeism is an obvious factor in productivity, and our program will result in fewer illness-related absences.
Decreased Presenteeism – “Presenteeism” occurs when employees come to work but under-perform because of illness or stress resulting in lost productivity. Our program will also improve employee performance by decreasing the occurrences of presenteeism.
Strengthened trust in management.
Decreased voluntary turnover.
Employee willingness to recommend the employer to others.
Increased employee satisfaction rates.
We will strive to create a positive, healthy, sustainable shift in the culture of the workplace if in fact a culture conducive to wellness is absent. A unified effort to achieve overall awareness and action is the key to success when it comes to health and wellness, especially in a corporate setting.
Leadership from upper and middle management – supportive leadership is the key to the overall success of a wellness initiative.
Establishing a baseline – Conducting a health risk assessment (HRA) is important in establishing a baseline. The HRA utilizes a lifestyle survey as well as biometric statistics such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, BMI, and more. Collected personal information, such as tobacco usage, typical physical activity, dietary habits, and additional health behavior, are combined with the biometric statistics to calculate a client’s “real age,” or a calculated score based on their information. This score is confidential for the client and will be used to gauge a baseline and track health progress.
The Program – Once a baseline has been established for a program participant we will create an individual plan of action for that employee and realistic, attainable goals will be set and discussed. Suggestions regarding aerobic exercise, strength and resistance training as well as nutrition recommendations will be made on an individual basis.
In addition to our individualized approach, participants will also be encouraged to commit to a unified effort with other employees. These efforts may include a monthly wellness meeting, Annual Wellness Day, Teamwork (buddy system) Accountability, Promotion of “Fitness for Duty” etc.
Fun – Keeping the joy in the fitness program is paramount to client success. Friendly competitions make for a highly motivating challenge in the workplace. For example, companies can host a competition in which employees or departments compete against one another to take the most steps in a given period. Additional challenges can be implemented in a way that provides employees with healthy competition while meeting their goals.
Employee participation and success
Utilization – engage employees to increase the total number involved in specific program activities
Depth – produce a high percentage of employees who are light or heavy users of wellness activities
Sustainability – encourage employees to continue to engage in a specific risk-reducing behavior
Client satisfaction with the program’s scope, relevance, quality, and accessibility.
10 Insane (But True) Facts About Corporate Wellness – via Jeff Fermin of OfficeVibe
1. Medical costs fall by about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs.
2. Companies that implement wellness programs have 28% reduced sick leave, and 26% reduction in medical costs.
3. 80% of American work in jobs that require little or no activity.
4. $1,800,000,000 is the annual impact of poor health, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
5. For every $1 spent on healthcare, $0.95 is spent on treatment and only $0.05 is spent on prevention.
6. 78% of Americans describe their jobs as stressful.
7. $75.5 billion per year in healthcare costs for smokers in the U.S.
8. 2x more lost productivity per week from smokers, costing an estimated $27 billion.
9. 19% reduction in absenteeism and a savings of $264 per employee, per year for on-site employee wellness programs.
10. 70% fewer sick days for employees participating in wellness programs than those opting out..