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Do employee wellness programs work?


Employees who engage with their company’s wellness program can embrace healthier habits and can have fewer unhealthy days. Healthier team members mean lower healthcare costs and more productive employees.

But you don't need to take our word for it. We can prove it.

Long-term benefits of wellness programs

We know organizational leaders need to “see it to believe it” when it comes to investing budget and resources in a wellness program. That’s why we did a five-year study to prove the return on investment (ROI). We learned that employees who are engaged in a workplace wellness program over several years are likely to experience more health benefits.

The 2019 Go365® Five-Year Studyopens PDF in new window shows that the percentage of members who engaged in healthy lifestyle behaviors – like eating fruits and vegetables or exercising more each week – and who had healthy biometric results increased over the course of five years.1

In addition, Go365’s study found that high-engaged members:

  • Paid an average of $116 less in healthcare costs than low-engaged members (per member per month)
  • Had an average of 35 % fewer emergency room visits and 30 % fewer hospital admissions than low-engaged members

Wellness programs and employee productivity

The Go365 Five-Year Study showed that employees who are highly engaged in the wellness and rewards program over several years are more productive, with fewer Unhealthy Days.2

Another study found that employees participating in wellness programs made lifestyle changes that saved their companies about $353 annually in recouped productivity per person. The study, “Improving Employee Productivity Through Improved Health,” says employees who successfully improved their lifestyles and focused on healthcare gained 10.3 hours in additional productive time annually, compared with similar but non-participating employees.3

If boosting productivity is a priority for you, investing in a corporate wellness program can support your business goals. In addition, your wellness initiatives can enhance employee engagement, retention and ability to attract top talent.

To learn more about the Go365 Five-Year Studyopens PDF in new window and help define success for your workplace wellness programs, contact your Humana sales agent.

Go365 is not an insurance product and is not available with all Humana health plans. This is a general description of services which are subject to change. Please refer to Customer Support for more information.


1Go365 Five-Year Study, 2019Opens PDF in new window

2Unhealthy Days are a metric of population health and quality of life used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last accessed February 5, 2020, in new window

3Improving Employee Productivity Through Improved HealthOpens in new window, Rebecca Mitchell, Ronald Ozminkowski, Seth Serxner, October 2013.