Corporate wellness programs are designed to help employee moral and prevent health issues such as chronic stress, high blood pressure, heart conditions and illness.
Many of the diseases that lead to employee disabilities, workers compensation, absenteeism and inability to perform at optimum levels are related to lifestyle choices. Lifestyle and posture are learned behaviors that can be altered and reconditioned. You may be thinking it is the employee, not the employer, who should take ownership of their health and that may be true, but sedentary lifestyles because of working at a desk for 8 or more hours a day without implementing any type of stress relief will only lead to illness and this will effect the company.
So, what are the effects of Corporate Wellness Programs?
- Decreased use of health care benefits
- Decreased rates of absenteeism
- Decreased numbers of accidents and injuries
- Reduction of employee turnover.
- Increased enthusiasm and passion for work
- Increased energy and productivity
The National Safety Council in 1999 estimated the cost of workplace injuries in the United States to be $125 billion.
A 4-year study of Xerox Corporation according to the Chicago Tribune:
Employers may have another reason to encourage employees to stay fit, trim and healthy: reducing the $128 billion lost each year to workplace injuries.
For years, advocates of workplace wellness programs have promoted them as a way to reduce the cost of health care and employer-financed health insurance. Now, a four-year study of Xerox Corp. workers has found significant reduction in the frequency and seriousness of workplace injuries among those who participate in a wellness program.
The study examined on-the-job injuries among 3,338 workers at a Xerox’s Rochester, N.Y., manufacturing complex in 1996-99. The results were published in the July issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Among those who participated in the health risk appraisal, 5.6 percent made workers compensation claims, compared with 8.9 percent of non-participants. And when they did get hurt on the job, the health appraisal participants had an average cost per injury of $6,506, compared with $9,482 for non-participants, the study found.
So, it can be costly for companies if they do not start helping their employees stay healthy. On-site chiropractic can help keep disability and workers compensation costs down and keep employees productive and happy. Call us today to see how we can help.