Work-based health promotion has strong positive financial impact
Financial impact of a comprehensive multisite workplace health promotion program. Aldana SG, Merrill RM, Price K, Hardy A, Hager R. Prev Med. 2005. 40: 131-137.
To determine the impact of wellness programs on employee healthcare costs and absence rates.
6,246 employees and retirees of the Nevada School District who had the opportunity to participate in a wellness program via the internet and email.
Absenteeism and healthcare cost claims between 2001 and 2002 for those who did and did not participate were compared.
- Program participation was estimated to be associated with US$3 million lower absenteeism costs during 2001 and 2002 compared with nonparticipation.
For every $1 invested in the wellness program, $15.6 was saved.
Average days missed per participant
One year (n = 1,407)
Two years (n = 1,264)
What does this mean?
Improvement of health risks through voluntary work-based health promotion programs can yield beneficial financial returns for employers.