Corporate Wellness is about being proactive; helping employee's to improve their health and lifestyle whilst avoiding costs associated with staff issues caused by ill health.
The need for a proactive wellness solution in UK businesses is becoming increasingly important with an aging workforce and rising costs of chronic disease and ill health (most of which can be prevented by positive lifestyle changes).
A wellness programme aimed at keeping employees healthy and happy is a key long-term human asset strategy.
Return on investment of such programmes is difficult to calculate. However, most research agrees that a £3-6 return for every £1 spent is achievable from a workplace programme.
Reported benefits to the organisation include;
- Decreased absenteeism
- Improved presenteeism and productivity
- Decreased staff turnover
- Increased staff morale
- Better customer service and improved client satisfaction
- Improved ability to attract talented workers
Chronic Disease at Work
Chronic diseases such as depression and hypertension can lead to a decline in the overall health of employees in a workplace, contribute to an increase in health-related expenses for employers and employees, and lead to days away from work. Many businesses have recognised the benefits of health promotion, and have begun offering wellbeing programs to their employees. Ideally, the office should be a place that not only protects the safety and well-being of employees but also provides them opportunities for better long-term health.