Success Stories using Corporate Wellness Programs
Corporate Fitness Programs Make a Bottom Line Impact! The bottom line is when people look and feel their best, they perform better. Productivity goes up, employee morale increases and the atmosphere within your business takes a turn for the better. Your employees will appreciate that you’re interested in their overall health and not just profits – but in reality, once their performance increases as a direct result of their enhanced vitality, your profits will increase too!
Reduced Absenteeism. DuPont reduced absenteeism by 47.5% over six years for the corporate fitness program participants. Health Behavior Steelcase showed that medical claims costs were 55% lower for corporate fitness program participants than non-participants over a six year period – an average of $478.61 for participants vs. $868.88 for non-participants. The American Journal of Health Promotion
Reduced Turnover. The Canadian Life Assurance Company found turnover among fitness program participants was 32.4% lower over a seven year period compared with non-participants. Canadian Journal of Public Health
Positive Return on Investment. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indiana found that its corporate fitness program had a 250% return on investment; $2.51 for every $1 invested over a five year period. American Journal of Health Promotion
Sick Leave Use Reduced. The Travelers Corporation reported that its health promotion yielded a 19% reduction in sick leave use over the four year study with a $3.40 return for every dollar spent, yielding a total corporate savings of $146 million in benefits costs. Wellness Councils of America
Lower Health Care Expenditures. Superior Coffee and Foods, a subsidiary of Sara Lee reports that the wellness program for its 1200 employees showed 22% fewer hospital admissions, 29% shorter hospital stays, and 42% lower expenses per admission when compared to other divisions. Long term disability costs were down by 40%. Wellness Councils of America The volume of data to support the benefits with respect to organizations that have initiated corporate fitness programs is overwhelming. When viewed from a cost benefit standpoint, an effective fitness program will always handsomely reward the organization as well as the individual participants.
The Human Resources Dilemma: Businesses are struggling to find the balance between their business budgets and their employees well-being. The spiraling cycle of rising health insurance costs, business taxes, unproductive employees, is creating mountains of paperwork and a massive drain on your time. With over 41% of American workers mired in chronic illness and the complexity of insurance programs to deal with, businesses are caught in the middle. Their bottom line really shows the effects.
Businesses who supplied good and useful wellness information to their employees and the occasional speaker saw some positive changes, yet not the lasting results they wanted. Without action nothing much changes. The keys to that action are exercise, proper nutrition, and professional guidance. Businesses need support in helping their employees become more engaged in their own healthcare.