- Create a well-designed Onsite Health & Wellness Prevention and Management Program that produces positive health behavior changes within 6-12 months.
- Educate your high-risk employees on healthy living and making smarter lifestyle choices.
- Keep your low-risk employees healthy and motivated.
- Involve. CEOs and business owners lead by example. If they start living healthy lifestyles themselves, it is more likely their employees will get involved.
- Motivate. We help you track results and reward progress.
Tenneco’s health promotion program had an average annual savings of $257 per employee. Individuals who exercised on a regular basis had the lowest injury prevalence and the lowest cost per injury ($32 versus $42). Non-exercising females had 2.75 more absentee days and a 17 percent higher probability of job turnover.
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A study in the American Journal of Health Promotion reached similar conclusions, citing myriad studies going back as far as 1979. Merely by introducing educational materials and counseling, participants in one project showed double-digit decreases in annual ambulatory care and minor illnesses, resulting in savings of up to $3.43 for each dollar invested. Another such program for Citibank employees in 1994 resulted in a return ratio of better than $4.50 for each dollar invested.
Similar promotion intervention programs found similar savings. One such program at Johnson & Johnson resulted in company savings of $129 per person — and that’s in 1979 dollars. Another at Dupont resulted in an average reduction of .4 disability days per employee. Another, more comprehensive plan for city employees in Birmingham, Alabama revealed a decrease in hospital days of 55% from 1985 to 1990.
Another project, tracking employees of the Steelcase Company, tracked participants based on risk factors. The company incurred an average cost increase of $734 per year for each participant whose status changed from low to high-risk. The costs decreased $129 for each individual who went from high to low-risk.
In an article in the Wall Street Journal dated August 30, 2005, exercise has been shown to help to boost the brain’s ability to process data and other functions. Acute bouts of exercise have also been found to reduce depression and anxiety. Over time, exercise has been shown to reduce the mental effects of aging and even Alzheimer’s.
Those findings suggest that exercise ought to be prized by any employer whose business requires quick thinking and good judgment.
You can provide this low-cost benefit of wellness to your employees right in your workplace. Not only will you keep your employees happy and healthy, but you’ll do it knowing that thirty years of worksite health promotion practice has produced dozens of solid studies supporting the value of this cost-saving solution.
- Reducing costs of health plans.
- Reducing sick leave costs.
- Reducing workers compensation and disability costs.
- Reducing productivity-related costs.
And, keep in mind…
In no other part of your business would you fail to use a competitive advantage, whether you discovered it or the competition did. Learn from others and build on their successes.
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