Most Americans spend about 9 hours per day at work and today, employers are focusing more and more on employee wellness programs because of the increasing cost of healthcare, the increase of chronic conditions that are preventable and the rise in healthcare consumerism. Without a Workplace Wellness Program your organization will be paying a significant amount of money.
- Employers earn an ROI of $5.81 for every $1 spent on Employee wellness (Corporate Wellness Magazine)
- Eating unhealthy is linked with a 66% increased risk of loss of productivity (Population Health Management)
- Employees that eat healthy are 25% more likely to have a higher job performance (the hero.org)
Read the leading research on this topic: Harvard Business Review: What’s The Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs
Here are some statistics about companies that have implemented an effective wellness program:
- 28% reduction in sick days
- 26% reduction in health costs
- 30% reduction in workers’ compensation and disability management claims
- $5.81 to $1 savings-to-cost ratio
The Statistics about employee health are powerful:
- 13% of employees are at risk for developing diabetes
- 40% of cancer is preventable
- 66% of American employees are overweight
- 80% of heart disease and stroke are preventable
- More than 75% of all healthcare costs to employers are to to preventable chronic illnesses
- $5.6 billion dollars are spent on heart disease related illnesses every year and at least 10% of that cost would be eliminated if adults stared walking regularly
- 70% of the 50 million adults in the US have not controlled their Blood Pressure
- 30% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented with regular screenings
- Women between 40-50 years’ old who get mammogram every 1-2 years can reduce their risk of death from breast cancer by 15%
- More than 5.3 million people die each year from not moving enough
It may seem strange, however the numbers are even higher for women in the workplace than for their male counterparts these days. There are seven major causes of death for women nowadays, which include hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Alzheimer’s disease and lung cancer. A large part of these conditions are preventable by controlling lifestyle behaviors and obesity.
For the employees, poor health, unhealthy behaviors, obesity and stressors can lead to reduced productivity and/or individuals leaving eh workplace. It is often compounded for women as they are also, most often, caregivers at home as well, so the stressors and unhealthy behaviors can be even more exaggerated for women who take on that role.