With a small workforce and multitasking employees, it’s easy for any business to suffer losses when employees are not doing well, whether it’s from being absent, late, or low productivity. The loss of a single key employee can cause a crisis for a small company. By using preventative wellness workshops in the workplace, both large and small businesses can decrease annual costs.
Improved Employee Attendance
The attendance of employees can be improved by implementing wellness programs within a workplace, as it addresses some of the reasons for employees being absent. It is estimated that nearly 100 million working days are lost to back problems alone by the Wellness Council of America. A fitness program added to a company’s regime can lower the chances of injury from employees. Employee education on nutrition and staying healthy as well as sick free decreases their number of sick days and allows them to start working again sooner. A typical business can lower sick days by as much as 14 days each year by implementing a wellness program. As an example, the telephone company, Pacific Bell, managed to lower costs related to absent employees by nearly $2 million dollars annually and over $4 million related to sick and disability leave by establishing a wellness program in their workplace.
Increased Workplace Productivity
When workers have to come to work while they are sick or have family medical problems, they tend to have more accidents, work slower than usual, and stop more often to deal with their problems. A wellness program for employees allows them to better deal with the problems they are going through, while still allowing them to be as productive as possible in the workplace. Providing a way for a new mother to nurse a newborn would allow her to worry less and spend less time being absent or distracted. Supplying healthy and nutritious food to the staff, such as fruits and juices, will help employees stay healthy and avoid feeling sick or becoming sick.
Lower Costs In Health Care
The higher number of employees that are healthy, means a lower number of employees that are sick or injured and filing insurance claims, which means lower costs in health care. The savings from implementing a wellness program for workers can reduce annual worker compensation costs by upwards of $1 million for a larger company, which is in direct correlation to lower work related injuries.