Considering a Corporate Wellness Program? Here's why you should

If you are a business owner, chances are that you like to think of your business as a nice place to work.  After all, who wants to run a place where no one likes to work? Satisfied employees tend to be more productive and stay with an employer for a longer period of time.  For these reasons, employers look for ways to take good care of their employees, such as attractive benefits packages and generous leave policies. More and more businesses are looking to corporate wellness programs to improve employee health and happiness.


What Is A Corporate Wellness Program?

Corporate wellness programs, sometimes known as corporate health and fitness programs, are programs offered by employers to help their workers adopt and improve healthy behaviors.  These programs encompass a range of offerings that can be customized to a particular employer. Corporate wellness programs may include onsite health screenings, health education seminars, and access to on- or off-site gyms.  Many studies have demonstrated that corporate wellness programs help people change their habits for the better. For example, studies have found that corporate wellness programs have helped workers to:

Increase their time spent exercising
Improve their eating habits through increased fruit and vegetable consumption
Increase total time spent sleeping
Decrease alcohol and cigarette use
Improve blood pressure
Reduce cholesterol levels
Improvement in these areas helps employees to reduce their risk for chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many others.  These programs have had great success in preventing and slowing the progress of chronic disease in many Americans.


How Can A Corporate Wellness Program Help My Business?

By helping employees be their best selves, corporate wellness programs help their business be the best it can be in several measurable ways.  Healthier employees are less likely to call in sick or visit a doctor. This improvement translates into lower overall healthcare costs for the business.  In fact, studies have found that for every dollar spent on corporate wellness programs, businesses save over three dollars in healthcare costs. In addition to reduced healthcare costs, corporate wellness programs help businesses by increasing productivity and reducing absenteeism.  First, healthier employees are less likely to take time off for illness, therefore reducing absenteeism. But healthier employees are also more productive when they are at work. Studies have found that workers who suffer from a variety of ailments, including depression, back pain, knee pain, and obesity, have lower productivity when they are at work as compared to healthy workers.  In addition to these measurable factors, companies that offer corporate wellness programs attest to an improved corporate culture and morale that is hard to measure but easy to feel. Corporate wellness programs tell employees that they are valued, important members of the team. Everyone likes to feel noticed and appreciated. Employees who feel valued are more likely to stay with their employer.


If you want to make your business the kind of place where people want to work for their entire career, consider adding a corporate wellness program as an added perk for your employees.  No doubt you will quickly see a return on investment.  And if you do, we hope you will consider the Fitness Loft of Columbus as your corporate wellness provider.  We currently partner with more than 25 businesses in the Columbus area and would love the opportunity to help your business reach its healthiest potential.