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More Than Working Capital Series: Wellness
Orison Swett Marden, an American writer, once said “When we are best to ourselves, we radiate a healthy mental attitude of optimism, joy, gladness, and hope.” Are you the best to yourself when it comes to your health?
Worksite wellness programs are becoming popular as employers see the benefits of promoting health and wellness. Some of these benefits include:
- Improved morale
- Improved communication among work groups
- Decreased absenteeism
- Increased employee loyalty to your organization
- Significant impact on a company’s bottom line
- Reduced alcohol and drug use risk factors
In addition to the above benefits, wellness programs can make a positive impact on your company’s bottom line. Research suggests that for every $1 invested in health promotion, your company can save between $3 to $5 in health and safety costs, such as medical, absenteeism and workplace accidents.
Promoting wellness in the workplace can be as serious as hiring a trainer for weekly in-office workout sessions or as low-key as giving employees free fitness classes or creating a team for a local race or event.
How does your organization promote wellness?