Companies are increasingly implementing corporate wellness programs in order to improve the overall health of their workers and to increase the bottom line. In fact, 86% of companies with more than 50 employees have incorporated wellness programs. Companies who have implemented wellness programs are experiencing major benefits — from lower health care costs and reduced absenteeism, to greater productivity, higher morale — and a positive return on investment. Many companies are reporting double digit decreases in sick leave, hospital admissions, disability days and per capita workers compensation costs as a result of their implementation of a corporate wellness program.
Reduced Health Care Costs
Companies who implement wellness programs consistently find that their health care costs are reduced, and that there is a significant difference in medical claims between exercising employees and non-exercising employees.
Medical professionals often recommend regular exercise to their patients as a means to improve one’s ability to perform, reduce stress, and to enhance one’s self-image. These improvements to the individual and how they relate to improved job performance are sometimes hard to quantify. However, many organizations credit the implementation of corporate fitness programs for productivity gains in the following areas: