Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Do you need a corporate wellness program for your organization?

Many of us don’t know much about corporate wellness, what it entails and how it can affect the productivity and efficiency of your organization. Whether a small organization or a large multinational corporation, every company is dependent on it employee workforce to achieve its goals and move closer to its corporate vision.

However in the process, we sometimes tend to ignore or overlook the personal goals and overall well-being of the employees. After all, it is hypocritical to expect performance and productivity from an employee who isn’t healthy in both, body and mind.

There are numerous factors which affect the health of an employee such as changing lifestyles, a stressful work environment and lack of proper nutrition and healthy habits. A company may not pay heed to warning signs from employees and may bring about further deterioration of the employee’s health, in turn losing a productive worker affecting the workflow in the organization and overall efficiency.

Apart from having effective healthcare benefits for employees, it even more important for a company to organize and implement preventive health practices. Doing so can help the company avoid huge spendings on high-cost health insurance claims as well as ensuring an efficient workplace.

Research is showing that it’s more cost-effective to invest in preventive health practices, such as screenings, immunizations, health risk appraisals, behavioral coaching, and health awareness/education, rather than spending resources exclusively on the small minority of employees/dependents who are responsible for high-cost health claims.

Some of the problems faced by employees are very basic in nature and the right approach at the right time can prevent health problems or breakdowns in the long run, thus reducing costs for the company. Health problems such as obesity and diabetes are often a result of psychological problems and the inability to cope with stress and work expectation in tandem with personal ambitions and goals.

By implementing a corporate wellness program, a company also gives its employees a sense of belonging and moral support by showing that it cares, thus motivating them to higher efficiency and productivity in the workplace.

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