In the last few decades, organizations have introduced employee health and wellness programs at the workplace. For instance, on-site gyms, nap rooms, preventive health screening, and health lunches. The main objective is to improve the health of the employees since the state of health of an individual is directly related to productivity. Studies have shown that the programs have numerous benefits both to the individual and the organization including:
a) Low health costs
Health expenditure is among the items that cost businesses millions of dollars annually resulting in profit reduction. However, the introduction of the wellness programs has reversed the trend tremendously. Although the organization incurs costs to provide the health plans, savings far outweigh the amount spent. Moreover, the insurance companies have revised the premiums downwards. Since the number of the physicians visit per worker have reduced, the insurers have been forced to reduce the charges.
b) Improved Productivity
An individual with good health is usually active and fulfills duties on time. On the other hand, unhealthy person is dull and lackluster, and is prone to making mistakes. Furthermore, depression leads to mental challenges that affects performance at the workplace. Wellness programs have proved to be the solution to such problems. Sporting activities relieves stress and makes the workers jovial. Likewise, physical fitness reduces cases of injuries as the body becomes stronger. Increase in productivity of each of the employees raises the overall performance increasing the revenues.
c) Reduced Absenteeism
Poor health is one of the causes of absenteeism at the workplaces. Employees who suffer injuries due to poor physical fitness do not report to work during hospital visits and recovery period. Similarly, those suffering from sickness have to be admitted to hospital and equally spend some time at home while recovering if the illness is serious. Businesses with health and wellness program have reported reduction in the cases of absenteeism.
d) Improved health
Employees who participate in the programs have demonstrated improved health. Notably, lack of physical activities is one of the causes of obesity. Exercises shed excess weight lowering body mass index. Therefore, taking part in the wellness programs has reduced fatigue, and improved physical and mental health of the employees.
e) Improved employee satisfaction and morale
Employees appreciate when the organization seems to care for their welfare. As such, introduction of the health programs has boosted their morale. They feel they are part of the organization and many aspire to stay longer. Thus, companies having the health and wellness plan have higher employee retention.
f) Improved happiness
Happiness is a positive aspect of an individual’s life. A happy person will always interact with colleague’s well boosting relationship between individuals. On the other hand, a disturbed individual prefers to stay alone. Such people pick quarrels easily leading to workplace conflicts which derail implementation of duties. Companies should incorporate the wellness programs to make people happier since some of the activities allow people to socialize. Social persons are happy and incidences of conflicts are rare while those that are reported are solved quickly.
Indeed, health and wellness plans at the workplace benefit both the employees and the employer. The employees have a proactive health and wellness which in turn increases productivity. Hence, organizations should consider having the programs