What are the benefits of a Workplace Wellness Programme?

For the Employee:

A healthy lifestyle impacts every part of your day to day work environment. Workplace Wellness Programmes translate into fewer injuries, less human errors and a more harmonious office environment. They also let you know that your organisation is concerned about your general health and well-being.

In 2000, cardiovascular (heart) disease was the leading cause of death, accounting for 40% of all deaths in New Zealand₁. Earlier intervention in the workplace through health monitoring and workplace wellness programmes will identify workers within your organisation needing access to and further coordination of their healthcare status. This can be enabled through reduction of risk factors including smoking, weight control and blood pressure (hypertension) for cardiovascular disease needing education to support and referral where needed for further investigation, treatment and coordination.

Stress from the workday also affects our personal relationships and activities. Human beings are just not designed to magically morph into someone else as we leave our work environment.

Taking advantage of wellness programmes not only will help workers succeed more during work hours, it will give them (you) more energy and patience for their home and personal life spheres as well. This cycle of success revolves optimally if all is balancing!!

For the Employer:

Studies vary but the main preventable contributors to employee absenteeism are typically:

• Physical illness/Depression/anxiety/other mental health disorders – 66%
• Stress – 60%
• [Negative] Relationship with supervisor or manager – 44%
• Co-worker conflict in the workplace – 28%

Optimal performance is achieved through the synergistic benefits of a healthy body, physical fitness, emotional stability and a positive outlook.

Organisational benefits:
• Wellness reduces absenteeism and lost productivity through less downtime and costs incurred in recruitment, selection and advertising
• Organisational energy is revitalised with a more attentive, focused workforce, unleashing more productivity
• Organisational morale is high and the vision of care for your team members is enhanced internally and externally to your clients, partners
• Your organisation will retain its key personnel, motivate all team members and attract more personnel
• Your internal risk management profile reduces (accredited employer programmes, liability/other insurances)
• Economically, wellness programmes are documented as returning a positive health impact and a positive cost-benefit equation. Cost-benefit analyses of wellness programmes deliver $1.50 to $13 per $1 invested, depending on specificity (gains measured in reduced absenteeism, reduced staff turnover, reduced stress, productivity gains, improved morale and lower healthcare costs

Where do I start?
No one organisation is the same so the solution applies specifically to the context and profile of your workplace.

We come to you to better understand and then work with you to deliver your desired outcomes!!

1. Hay D. Cardiovascular Disease in New Zealand, 2004. A summary of recent statistical information. Technical Report, No 82, Heart Foundation 2004

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