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Nine reasons why wellness works

Worksite wellness programs do produce a positive ROI – if you design them well and implement them appropriately.


CDHPs, wellness programs may boost employee health management: Survey

60% of employees and dependents enrolled in consumer-driven health plans say they have made positive behavior changes.


How stress affects the body (infographic)

Stress is recognized by many as the No. 1 proxy killer disease today. The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60 percent of all human illness and disease.


Effect of physical inactivity on major non-communicable diseases worldwide 

Strong evidence shows that physical inactivity increases the risk of many adverse health conditions, including major non-communicable diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancers, and shortens life expectancy. Because much of the world's population is inactive, this link presents a major public health issue.


Poor health of employees can drag down productivity: Integrated Benefits Institute

Workers' poor health and its drag on productivity costs U.S. employers $576 billion annually, according to an estimate released by the San Francisco-based Integrated Benefits Institute.


Strong link between engagement and wellbeing

 There is a “significant link” between employees’ engagement with their job and their wellbeing, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD’s) latest Employee Outlook survey.


Moving from wellness to well-being

To create healthy and productive workforces, organizations are starting to expand their benefits programs to focus on overall employee well-being. Employers are taking a more holistic approach to wellness by touching on additional aspects of an individual beyond the mere physical to include emotional/mental, spiritual and financial well-being.


Employee Wellness Matters, Statistics Show

When encouraging companies in your geographic area to partner with your club for their employee health and wellness needs, consider using these statistics to bolster your point...


Report shows risk assessments have top wellness ROI

A Health Fairs Direct report on wellness program return on investment found health risk assessments returned $6.04 for every $1 spent, while fitness programs and wellness coaching came in at $4.90. The report, which analyzed studies of the wellness programs and health insurance data, found smoking cessation had a $3.50 ROI for each dollar spent, while flu shots came in at $2.10 and obesity management programs at $1.17.


Worksite health promotion program reduces absenteeism, according to study

Workers participating in a "comprehensive" workplace promotion program had a one-fifth reduction in absenteeism during the first year, reports a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). The health program emphasized low-pressure, low-intensity interventions—geared not only to employees' individual health risks, but also to their readiness to make lifestyle changes.


'Wellness' new weapon to improve productivity, performance

New Delhi, Apr 10 (PTI) Employers in the Asia Pacific region are beginning to realise that unhealthy employee behaviors are driving their health benefits costs and are thus looking at promoting and enhancing the health and wellness of their employee populations, says a survey.  


78% of corporate employees afflicted to sleep disorder: ASSOCHAM

Due to demanding schedules and high stress levels, nearly 78% of the corporate employees sleep less than 6 hours on a daily basis which leads to sleep disorders amongst them, according to a recent survey conducted by ASSOCHAM on the occasion of 'World Health day'. The report included the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabd, Pune, Chandigarh, Dehradun.  


HR health and wellbeing special 1/6: Travails of the NHS lead employers to look at health and wellbeing as a business strategy

According to Workplace Wellness Survey, a report from London South Bank University last year, more than half of HRDs think they will have to increase their investments in employer-provided healthcare to fill the breach they believe will be left by the NHS struggling to treat the sick. "There is absolutely an increasing focus on wellbeing," says Peter Cheese, chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management . "But this is not driven by the debate over the NHS per se. The workforce is under more pressure and this is leading to rising stress, according to the CIPD. Presenteeism is increasing as well and employers are asking themselves if they are getting the most out of their staff. "There is now a much better leadership understanding of wellbeing and these drivers have brought it into HR, rather than an occupational health side-line. Wellbeing is strategic now - not just part of an employee benefits program.


More employers using wellness programs to reduce health care costs: Analysis

The 2011 Willis Health and Productivity Survey showed 60% of 1,200 employers offered wellness programs, up from 43% in 2010. Data showed 40% linked cash rewards to completing health risk assessments and 41% offered reduced health insurance premiums for employees who underwent biometric screenings.



Survey: Wellness programs lead to happier employees

The latest Principal Financial Well-Being Index found 41% of employees surveyed said their company's wellness programs made them happier and more productive, while 35% said they have missed fewer days thanks to the programs. Workers said they would be more enthusiastic about a wellness program if it offered on-site preventive screenings and nutrition and weight-management programs


Wellbeing of employees significant to bottom line

According to research from WorldatWork, organizations’ health and wellness offerings have expanded beyond traditional programs to integrated well-being programs. These well-being programs now address mental and emotional health, financial ...


Klobuchar says wellness programs key to maintaining business competitive edge

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 7) highlighted the benefits of employer wellness initiatives and said these programs are key to maintaining American businesses’ competitive edge in the global economy.


Evaluation key to a better wellness program

With rising health-care costs and an increasing focus on prevention, workplace wellness programs make for big business with employers.


Experts present 7 steps for employers to reduce health costs

Companies must focus wellness efforts on prevention and make them part of the corporate culture, said Fikry Isaac of Wellness and Prevention, who outlined seven steps to creating a wellness program at the 7th Annual Employer Health and Human Capital Congress in Washington, D.C. Data showed when obese employees lose weight and are no longer obese, their health care costs decreased 2.3%.


Midsize firms failing to give workers wellness benefits they want

Although workers at midsize firms say they are healthier and more productive when they participate in wellness programs, most do not have access to the types of wellness benefits they would like to receive from their employers, a new survey has found. The top four wellness benefits most workers at middle-market firms would like their employers to offer are fitness center discounts (25%), on-site preventive screenings (22%), access to wellness experts such as nutritionists (21%) and on-site fitness facilities (19%), according to the survey, conducted by the Des Moines, Iowa-based Principal Financial Group.However, the top four wellness benefits offered by employers are online wellness information (19%), educational tools or resources (18%), and printed information and fitness center discounts (17%).


Employee wellness vital to firms

Chronic disease is a crisis not only crippling people but it is also crippling economies. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 60 percent of deaths worldwide in 2005 were due to chronic diseases.


Mental Health in the Workplace

The Vancouver Board of Trade has released what it calls a "landmark" report on mental health in the workplace. The report, prepared by the Board's Health and Wellness Taskforce, explains the impact mental illness can have on a business.

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