Health and Wellness
Health and wellness in the work place is a vital part to a company’s success. Employees who are healthier and more productive are less likely to call out from sickness. There are not many companies that have affordable health care coverage for employees. More companies should make healthcare affordable for their employees and their family. Research has been done on how effective health and wellness programs can be in the workplace. Throughout the reading these points will be discussed. The effectiveness of health and wellness in the workplace will also be spoken of. Health and wellness activities in the workplace will be a positive move for companies and employees.
Companies have started to focus more on the physical appearance of their employees. Companies in Colorado have started to offer group discounts, free club newsletters, wellness and nutrition courses, and also office fitness classes. A general manager at a Colorado athletic club advised that this company involvement has been good for business. In an article by Lisa Marshall, she quotes the manager saying that “We try to be a resource, to come along side them and help them in an area where they may not have the expertise.”(vol. 35 p51) An estimated 40% to 50% of health club members take part in the club through some employer suggestion. Marshall also states that “health care costs spur companies to invest in preventive programs, and lifestyle guidance.” With more companies taking part in wellness in the workplace it has been determined that money will be saved on preventing illnesses. Some companies help employees with the stress of trying to stay healthy. They do things like having a nutrionist come by for free one-on-one consultations, during the midday, when employees are craving sweet treats, they find fruit baskets instead on office desks. In the vending machines all sorts of dried nuts and fruits can be found. For those employees who would like to lose weight, the company offers to pay the membership fee for the gym. With these type of helpful gestures employees will certainly stay healthy. “Companies are expected to spend an estimated $7,720 per employee this estimate is up from the $7,211 a few years ago according to NBGH. With health-care costs expected to continue to rise and cash-strapped employees less able to shoulder more premium increases, employers face a dilemma.”(Marshall P.53)
Wellness in the workplace needs to be taken seriously by all employers, and employees. There has been evidence that making sure employees eat healthier leads to lower call out rates and more savings on health plans. In an article in Employee Benefits magazine it states that “Wellness management does not need to be complicated, or costly. A few simple steps could help to mitigate long-term problems, such as introducing early intervention activities that red flag cases identified via an absence reporting mechanism, the proactive management of...