According to a study conducted by MetLife, nearly 4 out of 10 employers now offer a corporate wellness program. With larger employers (those with 500 or more employees) the number reaches 6 out of 10 employers. Researchers from Harvard University found that medical costs fall by about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs, and that absenteeism costs fall about $2.73 for every dollar spent.
Why offer a Workplace Wellness program?
These programs help companies curtail health costs, retain good workers, attract good employees, reduce absenteeism, and improve employee productivity, morale, and safety.
Dr. Ron Goetzel, Director of Cornell University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, recommends a company invests about $150 per employee per year for an expected $450 annual ROI per employee.
Fitting Fitness In recognizes the importance of these programs to ensure healthy and productive employees. We offer a variety of services to assist companies in implementing a workplace wellness program that meets their needs, including:
Data collection through employee interest surveys, health risk assessments, and biometric testing
Assist in selection of health initiatives that address risk factors of employees and that are in line with what management and employees want from the program
Develop an operating plan that includes a vision statement, goals and objectives, a timeline and budget, plans for communication and implementation, and evaluation of the program’s success
Provide communication and support tools including newsletters, articles, posters, flyers, Lunch and Learn series, health coach calls with individual employees, use of pedometers or fitness tracking to track success, onsite, offsite or virtual exercise classes and clinics such as Weight Loss Clinics, Jump Start to Fitness classes, Fusion Fitness classes, or Exercise Boot Camps
Evaluate the program’s successful outcomes, and make adjustments based on employee interests and company goals.