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Organisations today should no longer question if corporate health is required, but rather, ask how they can do better. More organisations are investing in wellness talks and courses paired with incentives to help keep their workers engaged. Corporate health is always, so entrenched in workplace practices and policies.
Health programs are more than a perk. A majority of organisations regard workplace health programs as an effective way to address the growing trend of chronic diseases from heart disease to diabetes and the related costs that are reducing their bottom line. About 80% of these diseases are lifestyle-related, experts say, and having a health program on-board that helps employees adopt much healthier habits can significantly lessen illness, accidents, absences and medical claims. Improved productivity is an additional and hard-to-ignore advantage.
Happier and healthier employees point to much higher productivity and overall job fulfilment. Healthier offices can also assist to draw in excellent talent and urge employees to stay longer. These health programmes not only immediately benefit the employees but they also make organiations more appealing to shareholders. The opposite is just as true. Companies that neglect their workers are likely to bear the outcomes publicly, with notable examples facing enormous pressure from shareholders and having to restructure C-level executives. Organisations today should no longer wonder if corporate health is needed, but rather, ask how they can do better.
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Increasing Health Awareness
A workplace health program is an organised program, to assist and support workers in establishing healthier lifestyles. Such programs may include increasing employee awareness on health topics, scheduling behaviour change programs, and establishing corporation policies that support health-related goals. Programs and policies that promote improved exercise, smoking avoidance and cessation and healthful food selections are some examples.
Worksite health strategies have been shown to Lead to cost savings for a company. A study of 42 studies has demonstrated that worksite health promotion programs can lead to more than 25% reduction in absenteeism, health care costs and disability/employeescompensation costs.
Comprehensive worksite health programs focused on lifestyles behaviour changes have been shown to produce a $3 to $6 return on investment for each dollar invested. According to those studies, it takes about 2 to 5 years after the initial program investment to achieve the savings.
Top 6 Benefits of Employee Health Programs
Even though the advantages of an employee health program are hard to see at first, admittedly, healthy employees habitually bring a variety of advantages to other workers and the companies they work for. Below are some of the advantages of an employee health program:
1. Enhanced productivity
Employees who eat healthily and exercise frequently are likely to be more productive than those who do not. Bad health behaviours are linked to high levels of unproductivity and eventually lead to higher health risks and chronic diseases.
2. Reduction in absenteeism
Workplaces with comprehensive health programs experience much less absenteeism. This is because healthier employees are less stress, leading to cost savings.
3.Better employee morale
Corporate health plans make employees feel cherished and valued. Workers are more satisfied when they feel appreciated and valued by their organisations. The offer of corporate health programs usually leads to more enthusiastic employees at work.
4.Establishes camaraderie among employees
Individual workplace wellness initiatives offer employees the chance to experience other activities unrelated to work, such as engaging in a sports team, going to the gym, or having lunch together. The interaction of co-workers fosters bonding that helps teams work better together.
5.Improvement in recruitment and retention of employees
Excellent workplace wellness programs will help organisations to hire, as well as retain, the best employees. Many individuals will choose wellness and health offerings and other benefits when they want to determine an employer. Health plans also play a pivitol role in worker retention by helping to keep the employees loyal.
6. Decrease in health risks
Helping workers to adopt healthy behaviours such as eating healthily, exercising, and avoiding smoking diminishes health risks. Low health risks lead to a reduction in health care costs.
Workplace Wellness is More Than Just Physical Fitness
Corporate health is way more than just physical fitness. In addition to physical fitness, the dimensions of optimal health involve intellectual health , social health , emotional health and spiritual health . Various components of such health program must include fitness, nutrition counselling, discourses on mission in life, well-thought-out financial planning, social connections and support systems, stress management, mind-body health, career planning and advancing education.
Corporate health programs are critical as workers spend a great deal of time on the job. In addition, technologies such as modems, laptops, cellular phones, voice and emails have added a some degree of work-related stress. An average IT techie may spend 12 to 14 hours a day at work and is unable to devote to wellness pursuits, and yet staff members are expected to be at top performance when at work.
A recent study study by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses found that corporate health or health programs are successful in helping workers make concrete health changes due to several factors such as convenience, environmental support, and a coworker or social approval.
The Huge Cost of Unhealthy Employees
For most companies, the most costly healthcare cases come from so-called catastrophic events, such as a stroke or a heart attack that transpire to a minority of their workers. They may not forever match the aggregate costs due to chronic diseases such as diabetes. The fact is, nonetheless, that catastrophic incidents account for only 20% of an employer’s overall health expenses.
The Coalition on Catastrophic and Chronic HealthCare Costs concludes that 70-80% of healthcare costs is attributable to chronic health diseases, most prominently, cardiovascular disease, asthma and dibetes. The good news is that many of these conditions can be stopped or their effects reduced. Specialists point to a 3 modifiable, lifestyle determinants as significant contributors to chronic diseases, and consequently, to the large financial toll on businesses:
1. Obesity Among Employees
According to estimates as far back as 1994, corporations spent more than $13 billion yearly in medical fees and lost productivity caused by obesity. This estimate includes an estimated 39 million wasted workdays and nearly 62 million appointments to physician offices. Additionally, a new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion found that companies paid an average of $8,067 per worker every year for obesity-related disabilities, more than twice the associated costs for a healthy weight employee.
2. Employees That Smoke
Smoking tobacco has decreased over the past few years. However, the fact remains that employees who do smoke are in poorer health than those who do not. Smoking impacts organisations in more ways than one. Recent research in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reported that workers who smoked 1 pack or more of cigarettes per day had a 75% higher rate of wasted production time than non-smokers. This has loss companies about $193 billion annually in direct medical costs and lost productivity and $5,816 per smoker per year. As for employee’ compensation rates, smokers average $2,189 per year compared to $176 for non-smokers. Smokers additionally pay higher costs for life and disability insurance and have double as several workplace accidents, according to the American Lung Association.
3. Stressed Out Employees
Of all the workplace lifestyle factors, excess stress claims the biggest toll. In fact, stress costs companies an approximate $300 billion yearly in lost productivity, absenteeism, , employee turnover, accidents, medical costs, and more, reports the American Institute of Stress. According to one significant study reported in JOEM, stress and depression – 2 conditions often correlated – improve healthcare costs more than obesity, smoking, or high blood pressure put together. The 2014 Annual Work Stress Survey conveyed by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College found that 83% of American workers are stressed by at least one thing at work. Workers reporting stress had a 46% increase in their healthcare costs. Workers reporting depression had 70% higher healthcare costs than workers not reporting depression.