3 Ways Wellbeing Programs Improve Employee Health

Considering an investment into employee well-being this year, read on. 

With recent research showing just how effective workplace well-being programs are its not wonder employees are clamouring for a program.  According to the survey, workers’ health improved in three ways when a well-being program was introduced. First, their motivation to look after their health improved. Second, workers’ enjoyed healthier weight. Finally, employers and employees benefited from fewer sick days.

Its not just these survey participants that enjoy results like this and so we’ve rounded up examples of how other companies enjoyed the same results, all thanks to their well-being program.

1. Improved motivation 

Australia’s intellectual property rights group, IP Australia, grew concerned after they found out a large number of employees have high cholesterol, stress and body mass index. After launching a holistic well-being program, their workers are now more conscious of making healthy lifestyle choices that impact their physical and mental wellness.

A well-being program can undoubtedly shift the mindset of your workers to one that’s health-focused.

2. Healthier bodies

Workplace wellness programs have a consistent record of improving diet and physical activity which lead to better weight management.

In the US, Draper Inc, as part of their well-being offering, opened a wellness park with space for employees to workout or play sports. They also provide employees with useful tools, programs and competitions to help their people manage their weight. The result? They’re considered one of America’s healthiest workplaces.

Do proceed with caution around weight loss. We recommend a holistic approach to diet and physical activity rather than a focus on shedding kilos. Being healthy is not about your employees’ shape or size.

3. Fewer sick days

When Centrelink noticed a spike in unscheduled leave taken and workers’ compensation claims, they knew they had a severe wellness problem. Their solution? A well-being program which covered everything from mental and spiritual wellness to physical activity, personal development and even financial well-being!

Thanks to the program, they reaped a $250,000 reduction in workers’ compensation claims and a 33 per cent decrease in unscheduled absences. A healthier workforce also meant engagement, productivity and customer satisfaction rates shot up.

Put simply, workplace well-being programs work. They result in a healthier workforce and more productive business.