Advantages of Workplace Wellness Programs

As workplace wellness programs are becoming more widespread throughout the country, the buzz is catching on. The bottom line of such programs is this: healthy employees tend to be happier and more productive employees. These programs range from simply offering information to workers, to subsidized healthy lunches, fitness education, and a company gym. Employees are the most valuable assets to any company. Here is why workplace wellness programs should matter to you.

The benefits for employers are obvious. They provide the company with strategic advantages by investing money in a program that will hopefully bring them lowered expenses in return, often in the form of better performing workers, and lower absenteeism and health care costs. Employees are the most valuable assets to any company. By providing workers with these services, companies are improving wellbeing and job satisfaction, as well as raising retention rates. The welfare of employees has a direct impact on the success of the company.

So why should you, as an employee, take advantage of a workplace wellness program? Every person has some sort of health risk to varying degrees, whether it’s unhealthy eating, lack of exercise or sleep, drinking, smoking, or even something genetic. Using a program can make positive change happen. Not only will you be more able to complete your job responsibilities, but you will have more energy and vigor to give to your family and friends when you get home.

Workplace wellness programs can help you get healthier, even if that simply means learning how to reduce stress and muscle strain when you are on the job. Depending on what your company offers, it might also help to lose weight, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, sleep better, and save money on prescriptions. Sometimes, all you need is a little motivation to get the ball rolling and a workplace wellness plan might be it.

Another great benefit of wellness programs is a built sense of camaraderie with your co-workers. You’ll have a chance to experience activities with them that aren’t related to work, whether in a walking club or sports team, by having lunch together, or by going to the gym. Social support is a very important part of weight loss and getting fit. By interacting with co-workers, you’ll have others to give you encouragement when you need it, as well as to hold you accountable to your goals. Plus, you’ll be motivated by seeing other’s positive results. By using a wellness program, you’ll be an important part of the team.

Use this great opportunity if you are lucky enough to be offered a wellness plan. Good programs are often set up for personal control, so you’ll be able to tailor a lot of your goals to specifically fit you and your lifestyle. Access to a program will make it easier to care for your health on a more regular basis. 

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Great insightful article.

It is true that workplace wellness programs have plethora of benefits.

However, corporate wellness programs is now a very broad term which includes specific aspects such as risk assessment, health coaching, employee engagement, guided interventions, behavioral modifications, and so on.

Due to this diverse range of solutions, it is difficult to focus on what exactly works and what doesn't.

Therefore, Wellness and HR managers usually ignore the silver bullet that can define the success and failure of their wellness program.

It is worthwhile to keep in mind that the silver bullet is different for every company. Hence, while designing a wellness program, you should avoid copying common strategies and instead figure out what your corporation really needs.

I came across this slideshow recently that goes over benefits of workplace wellness program and few tips while designing your own wellness program.


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My company has a fabulous wellness program. There is a wonderful fitness center onsite, and they also subsidize the cost for Weight Watchers. There is a smoking cessation program for those who are interested, and a walking/running team that participates in local races. At lunch they have a regularly scheduled walking group. We recently had the most wonderful health fair at work and we were encouraged to go - I think that there were over 40 vendors there to provide information regarding healthy living. Occasionally we will have a mini-farmer's market in front of our office so we can buy fresh fruits, veggies and other locally grown items. Later this summer we will participate in the City Challenge, and for the past two years we have had our own 5K early one morning in late summer....with police to block off the streets and everything. These are just a few of the highlights...ther
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My last place of employment had a wellness/fitness center, only problem is the upper staff used it as a place to be condescending and controlling of the lower staff. In other words, they postured with their macho attitudes. Totally turned me off of gyms. Report
Thanks for the information about worksite wellness programs. My office in nyc is looking into providing one. I hadn't thought about the benefits to the company. Thanks for shedding some light on it.

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Never had a Wellness Program when I worked for 30 years, but included in my retirement health care insurance is free admission to certain gyms, called "Silver Sneakers" program. Report
I am a member of an employee wellness program. It has really helped me pay attention to my lifestyle, and helps me save on my health insurance! Report
I really appreciate this article! I work for a company that offers an amazing wellness program, if I do say so myself, and we really wish more employees would take advantage of the great opportunities if offers. Thanks for plugging something that is truly a win-win for both employees and the companies they work for. Report
My company is currently having a wellness programme, called "Be Well - Adopt & Maintain Healthy Lifestyle". Every year we have this programme, usually have free checkup. This year, it looks like the company wants to encourage employees who smoke to stop smoking. They even have special rewards for those who successfully stop (they have dateline). Other than that, there are 2 sessions of weight management workshop. This one also offer a reward - heart monitor - to those who manage to reduce their weight at least 10% of their current weight. The programme is one of good way to encourage employees to keep fit and healthy - and to save company money from paying expensive operations and medical, hehe. Report


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Liz Noelcke
Liz Noelcke
Liz is a journalist who often writes about health and fitness topics.