Improve Your Company’s Culture of Health

Workplace wellness is an investment in your employees
and your bottom line

Woman-With-GroceriesThink about the last time you had a cold, back pain or stressful event in your life. Was it hard to focus at work? Were you feeling productive?

Now think about that distraction and low productivity multiplied by every person in your organization over time and consider how chronic poor health and stress is likely affecting your business in untold ways.

What can you do? Invest in employee well-being. Here are just a few of the ways wellness programs can improve your business . . .and more importantly, your employees’ lives:

The Problem The Cost The Benefit of Wellness

Two out of three U.S. adults are overweight or obese

Increased Health Care costs: Obesity increases average costs by $1,850 to $5,500 per person per year when compared to normal weight employees. Return on Investment:

The average ROI of worksite wellness programs is estimated at $3.27 in reduced medical costs for every $1 spent.

Chronic Disease:

Behaviors such as inactivity and prolonged sitting increase the risk of chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes and depression.

Missed days at Work: Employees with one chronic disease miss an average of 20 days per year compared to employees with no chronic diseases. Employees with three or more chronic diseases miss an average of 40 days per year. Improved health behaviors: Wellness programs have been shown to improve health behaviors and increase activity by as much as 35% which can in turn, save an organization $3 in absenteeism for every $1 invested.
Low Engagement:

Only 22% of the US workforce is engaged at work.

Low productivity:

Disengaged employees negatively impact customer ratings, turnover, safety, quality and overall profitability.

Increased Engagement:

Wellness programs engage employees. Organizations viewed as inspiring healthy choices enjoy 80% engagement levels.

Tobacco Use:

An average of 18% of adults age 25 or older smoke; rates vary dramatically by race, education and economic status. Tobacco use negatively impacts individuals, employers and society.

Increased Health Care Costs and Decreased Productivity:

Employers spend an average of $5,500 more per tobacco user per year in increased health care costs and decreased productivity when compared to non-tobacco users.

Tobacco Cessation: Cessation support and tobacco use policies can cut costs substantially as smokers quit and restore their health. Within one year, heart disease risk drops to half that of a continuing smoker-saving employers money.
Sources: 2011 Gallup Poll, 2012 Gallup Meta-Analysis, 2015 Benz Communications Survey, 2010 Harvard Review,

Berman, M. et al. “Estimate the cost of a smoking employee.” (2013) Tobacco Control, 0:1-6

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