Wellness Produces High Returns for Employers

With additional benefits such as reduced absenteeism, higher productivity, reduced use of health care benefits and increased morale and loyalty more employers are choosing to implement Workplace Wellness Programs within their companies.

Somerset County Business Partner member and small business owner, Shirley Perlinsky of S & G Cleaning Corp. knows the benefits of instituting Workplace Wellness into her business. She has instituted “planned free days” for those who need a day off. Shirley says she would rather have her employees enjoy a day off in good health without the burden of calling in sick. Shirley has noted that this practice has the capacity to reduce turn over as employees realize that you care about them.

Employee turnover is expensive and an employee wellness program is an added benefit that may encourage employee retention. Company sponsored workplace wellness programs send a clear message to employees that management values their well-being.

Workplace Wellness Programs helps reduce health care costs as employees learn about wellness and are educated in ways to obtain and maintain good health. This reduces sick days, visits to the doctors, etc. as healthier employees spend fewer days away from work due to illness. This in turn saves money for the company. And because good health typically carries over to better health in the family, this could be translated to missing less work for caring for sick family members. ~ Shirley Perlinsky

The potential for high return for employers investing in and implementing employee wellness due to rising health care costs is also a benefit. In fact, research now suggests employers get an average of $3.48 back in reduced health care costs and $5.82 in lower absenteeism cost for every dollar spent on employee wellness. Employers and employees who live more healthy lifestyles have reduced sick leave, improved work performance; decrease health insurance costs, increased productivity and reduced overall costs.

Improved performance, which follows a healthier lifestyle, can decrease and perhaps eliminate a current phenomenon known as “presenteeism”. This new phenomenon occurs when employees are at work but do not feel as productive as usual due to stress, depression, injury or illness.

There are many ways to implement Workplace Wellness, which are cost effective for your company size and often easy to implement. Some examples include: classes such as learning about preventing injury, smoking cessation, exercise, health education and nutrition. Subsidizing use of gym facilities, internal policies that promote healthy behavior and any other activity that promotes the health of an employee would be included in a Workplace Wellness Program.

Shown in picture l. to r.: Maria Serrana, Shirley Perlinsky, and Teo Gomez of S&G Cleaning.

Somerset County Business Partnership offers health and wellness resources to the business community with many being free of charge. For more information, contact Chris Edwards.