Why Organisations Should Invest In Their Health & Wellness
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a
dynamic process of change and growth.
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.
“According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:
- 59% of employees do not get adequate exercise
- 50% or more have high cholesterol
- 27% have cardiovascular disease
- 26% are overweight by 20 percent or more
- 24% have high blood pressure
Employee health affects more than just medical costs. A healthy workforce is a more productive workforce. Did you know that between 70 to 90 percent of health care spending is caused by preventable, modifiable health risks such as the ones bulleted above? Unhealthy lifestyle choices often lead to chronic diseases, costing businesses more than one trillion dollars in lost productivity alone. What all of thismeans is that promoting healthier behaviors can really pay off … the reason that workplace wellness is such a hot topic right now.
There are many different types of wellness programmes. The essence of these programmes is to encourage individuals to take preventive measures to avert the onset or worsening of an illness or disease and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
As healthcare costs continue to rise, it makes sense that addressing the specific needs of an employee population and maximizing the engagement and participation of workplace wellness programmes is critical. But how can you change behaviors?
CATALYTIC ROLE OF EMPLOYERS
Changing our behavior is ultimately up to each of us as individuals. However, employers have a tremendous opportunity to help their employees see the value of adopting healthier behaviors so that they can live healthier lives.
A workplace culture sets the tone for its employees. A supportive work environment, where managers reinforce a sound wellness strategy, can keep employees motivated and engaged. Wellness and incentive programmes can be used to drive and reinforce healthy behaviors, bringing benefits to the employer, the employee, and to the community,” Karen Smith, Director of Health & Wellness Services at Rose & Kieman, Inc.
In fact, over the years, the catalytic importance of the health and wellness of employees and their leaders has become increasingly clear. This is why an increasing number of Employers the world over have instituted Health & Wellness Programmes for Employees and their Leaders as an integral part of their corporate vision for increased productivity and effectiveness.
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