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Do healthy employees save companies money

Are your executives and team leaders asking if healthy employees can really save your company money?

This is a tricky question. A corporate wellness program represents not only a financial investment, but also a top-down organizational commitment to a company culture of health and well-being. However, providing an immediate return on investment is challenging because wellness programs generally require an upfront investment while positive results manifest over time.

Employee wellness program studies

The RAND Workplace Wellness Programs Study1 reports participating in a wellness program over five years is associated with lower healthcare costs and decreasing healthcare use. The report found statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvements among program participants in exercise frequency, smoking behavior and weight control.

Go365® reinforced the RAND research with the release of our 2019 Five-Year Study, which highlights the long-term advantages of corporate wellness programs. The Go365 Five-Year Study found a 22% decline in health claims costs by year five and 55% fewer Unhealthy Days among high-engaged members in comparison with low-engaged members.2

Find out more: Do wellness programs work?

Wellness program research does point to one consistent theme: reduced health risks when employees adopt healthier behaviors long-term, and wellness programs can help employees maintain those healthier behaviors.

For additional information and links to research on wellness programs, read “Five Reasons Employee Wellness is Worth the Investment,” from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.3

Indirect ROI of corporate wellness can save your company money

In addition to reducing healthcare costs for preventable conditions, research shows a culture of wellness strengthens employee engagement. When associates feel their company cares about them as individuals, they are more likely to increase performance, reduce presenteeism and boost productivity.4

Employer-sponsored events are one way Go365’s program can enhance camaraderie among co-workers and tailor the program to your company’s specific work culture. Employer-sponsored events include a wide range of activities, like Challenges, screenings and educational lunch ‘n learns–all of which can bring your employees together. The increased connection among your associates can lead to greater collaboration and creative problem-solving.

According to the Go365 Five-Year Study, employees who are highly engaged in a wellness and rewards program over several years are also more productive, with fewer Unhealthy Days, meaning they experienced fewer days where poor health prevented them from normal activities such as “self-care, work or recreation.”5

Indirect ROI of corporate wellness can save your company money

In addition to reducing healthcare costs for preventable conditions, research shows a culture of wellness strengthens employee engagement. When associates feel their company cares about them as individuals, they are more likely to increase performance, reduce presenteeism and boost productivity.4

Employer-sponsored events are one way Go365’s program can enhance camaraderie among co-workers and tailor the program to your company’s specific work culture. Employer-sponsored events include a wide range of activities, like Challenges, screenings and educational lunch ‘n learns–all of which can bring your employees together. The increased connection among your associates can lead to greater collaboration and creative problem-solving.

According to the Go365 Five-Year Study, employees who are highly engaged in a wellness and rewards program over several years are also more productive, with fewer Unhealthy Days, meaning they experienced fewer days where poor health prevented them from normal activities such as “self-care, work or recreation.”5

Wellness program advancement

The RAND Workplace Wellness Programs Study offers additional guidance to ensure your team members take advantage of your corporate wellness program, including tips to:

  • Show that building a culture of wellness is a priority for organizational leaders
  • Communicate the benefits of a wellness program clearly and consistently to all employees
  • Promote convenient and accessible wellness activities, program incentives and rewards
  • Continuously improve quality through requests for associates’ feedback to advance and evolve the programs to match changing needs

Although the overall ROI of your wellness program may not be fully quantified until a few years after the program launch, we know engaged employees usually perform at higher levels than low-engaged associates. And of course, healthier employees generally require less healthcare.

To learn more about launching a corporate health and well-being program, contact your Humana sales rep or request more information about Go365’s wellness program by filling out this formOpens in new window.

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Sources:

1 RAND Workplace Wellness Programs Study, accessed July 2020.
https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR254.htmlOpens in new window

2 Go365® Five-Year Study
https://apps.humana.com/marketing/documents.asp?file=2843776opens PDF in new window

3 Five Reasons Employee Wellness is Worth the Investment, Alexandra Black, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, accessed July 2020.
https://health.gov/news-archive/blog/2017/05/five-reasons-employee-wellness-is-worth-the-investment/index.htmlOpens in new window

4 10 Timely Statistics About the Connection Between Employee Engagement and Wellness, Naz Beheshti, accessed August 2020
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nazbeheshti/2019/01/16/10-timely-statistics-about-the-connection-between-employee-engagement-and-wellness/#3d2efbab22a0opens PDF in new window

5 How Does CDC Measure Health-Related Quality of Life?, accessed August 2020.
https://www.cdc.gov/hrqol/methods.htmOpens in new window

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