Workplace Wellness – Employers
As an employer considering starting a Workplace Wellness program, it can be a daunting process. Below are answers to your questions and additional resources:
Frequesntly Asked Questions
How can Workplace Wellness programs affect my bottom line?
- Having a workplace wellness program in place can have a multitude of benefits for businesses. Not only can such programs reduce the amount of money spent in healthcare costs, but it can also reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and decrease workers’ compensation claims. It can also aide in worker retention as well as employee recruitment. (PricewaterhouseCoopers” (PwC) Health Research Institute 2007). Many great, informative articles on this subject can be found at www.absoluteadvatage.org that describes the costs and benefits of having a workplace wellness program.
How much money a Workplace Wellness program cost to start?
- The amount of money needed for a workplace wellness program can vary by what type of program you want to run and how much you are able and willing to spend. Programs can be run that range from very inexpensive, such as simply posting wellness advice in break rooms, to mildly expensive, such as offering t-shirts to walkers, to more expensive, such as purchasing exercise equipment or gym memberships for your employees.
How do I start a Workplace Wellness program?
- The Wellness Councils of America have several very good articles that can walk you step-by-step through the process of starting a wellness program. A great article to start with is “Carefully Crafting Your Organization’s Wellness Plan” found at: http://www.welcoa.org/freeresources/pdf/crafting_your_orgs_wellness_plan.pdf . You may also find some examples and tool kits from a variety of states and businesses on http://www.wellnessproposals.com/wellness_proposals_free_wellness_tool_kits.htm
How do I track the success of a Workplace Wellness program?
- There are many ways to track the success of your program, depending on what your objective is in starting the program. If your objective is to lower healthcare costs, absenteeism or workers’ comp costs, then you will need to have the costs of these items before the program began, and after the program began. These specific results may sometimes take longer to see, however. If you want to change the behavior of your employees, well-written before-and-after health risk appraisals are good at showing changes in thought and behavior, as well as careful tracking of attendance and other activities that you are encouraging. The most important thing is to keep accurate records.