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One of the top fortune 500 companies, has the following as one of its core values – Results Count. People Matter! Indicative of how much of value organizations place in their most important asset today – the human resources. The information age is defined by human capital and human intellect, with organizations identifying the value in investing in people as the same as investing in the company, and thereby raising the profile of corporate wellness programs around the world.
At the end of the day, people make organizations and not the other way around. A healthy, robust and active workforce means an organization that is nimble, intelligent and ready to embrace challenges. And that’s the main reason why organizations need employee wellness programs.
According to statistics, healthier employees result in 25% higher productivity and take 27% lesser time off for sickness. Also, employees with health issues such as – obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, etc., are likely to result in higher insurance payouts, reduced productivity and have a higher cost of retention, thus accentuating the need and importance for corporate wellness.
Researchers have concluded that every dollar invested into a good, corporate wellness program has the potential to yield seven times that amount invested in the wellness program, in terms of healthcare savings and improved productivity. Also, encouraging healthy lifestyle habits by employers can bring down a possible health risk scores from 5 to almost 0 – for lifestyle-related diseases.
Thus, an increasing number of corporates have begun investing in employee health and wellness programs as a business strategy and it has paid off handsomely. Healthier organizations have started to benefit both directly and indirectly, and healthy companies have turned around healthier balance sheets as well. So this how this paradigm, plays out in reality
Thus, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to underline the fact that an ailing organization may be suffering not by unhealthy corporate or strategic practices, it could be a simple case of an ailing workforce.