WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAM

 

 

What is Workplace Wellness?

When your company joins the YMCA Workplace Wellness Program, not only will your employees benefit, your company will benefit as well. It’s a fact that healthy employees are more productive, have lower stress, are more positive, miss less work, and have lower healthcare costs and fewer medical claims. Plus, it gives your employee benefit program one more attractive option, leading to greater employee satisfaction and retention.

Benefits of a Workplace Wellness Program

According to the U.S.. Chamber of Commerce, research is showing that it's more cost-effective to invest in preventative health practices such as screenings, immunizations, health risk appraisals, behavioral coaching and health awareness/education, rather than spending resources exclusively on the small minority of employees/dependents who are responsible for high-cost health claims.

A U.S.. Department of Health and Human Services report2 revealed that at work sites with exercise programs as components of their wellness programs, healthcare costs decreased from 75 to 55%, short-term sick leave was lowered from 38 to 32%, and productivity increased from 50 to 52%.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who studied successful strategies to prevent cardiovascular disease estimated that over a two-to-five-year period, companies with comprehensive workplace wellness programs and appropriate health plans in place can yield $3 to $6 for each dollar invested, all while reducing the likelihood of employee heart attacks and strokes.3 Additionally, worksite health programs can improve productivity, increase employee satisfaction, demonstrate concern for employees, and improve moral in the workplace.4

  1. ​​Healthy Workforce 2010 and Beyond. (2009). Partnership for Prevention. Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits Division: U.S... Chamber of Commerce
  2. http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/prevents
  3. Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke, http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/library/toolkit/pdfs/six_step_guide.pdf, Centers for Disease Control.
  4. Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: The Fundamentals of Workplace Health Promotion. Wellness Council of America.

View YMCA Dane County locations here, and view all Wisconsin YMCA locations here.

To find out if you work for a Workplace Wellness partner company, contact your human resources department or call the YMCA facility nearest you!