In a 2010 article, the Harvard Business Review discussed the usefulness of Corporate Wellness Programs.
"Since 1995, the percentage of Johnson & Johnson employees who smoke has dropped by more than two-thirds. The number who have high blood pressure or who are physically inactive also has declined—by more than half. That’s great, obviously, but should it matter to managers? Well, it turns out that a comprehensive, strategically designed investment in employees’ social, mental, and physical health pays off. J&J’s leaders estimate that wellness programs have cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs over the past decade; from 2002 to 2008, the return was $2.71 for every dollar spent."
These numbers are impressive considering the ever increasing cost of healthcare. Is it any surprise that large companies employ on-site nutritionists and other health experts and encourage their employees to eat well and exercise daily?
However, small to medium sized businesses usually do not have health care professionals on staff, but could still benefit from Corporate Wellness Programs.
This is where I come in. As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I lead programs that last anywhere from 5 to 10 weeks. I use the RESTART Program as a challenge for employees (and employers!) and I partner with a certified personal trainer who creates an exercise program that is doable for beginners and advanced athletes.
With a friendly competitive spin, employees will be thrilled to participate in the program, and they will be rewarded with prizes at the end of the challenge. Participants will experience a significant boost in overall wellness and fitness and they will be enthusiastic about their work and the company they work for.
"A study by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health shows that organizations with highly effective wellness programs report significantly lower voluntary attrition than do those whose programs have low effectiveness (9% vs. 15%). At the software firm SAS Institute, voluntary turnover is just 4%, thanks in part to such a program; at the Biltmore tourism enterprise, the rate was 9% in 2009, down from 19% in 2005."
If you are ready to take the plunge, contact me at ute [at] realfood4 [dot] me or click on my
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The quotes used in this article were taken from What’s the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs?