Keeping employees healthy is one of the most important – and frequently neglected – ingredients to a successful company. Healthy employees are productive employees, and with high productivity comes higher profitability.
Yet, despite increasing evidence of the benefits of corporate wellness programs and growing numbers of companies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi adopting these programs, there are still employers who do not know how to foster a healthy workplace, while there are also some who think that they are “too small” to avail or are afraid of the costs.
But contrary to these beliefs, your company does not have to be in the Fortune 500 to implement a corporate wellness program. You might even be surprised at how accessible and inexpensive these programs are.
Here are three reasons why every company, no matter how big or small, should enroll in a corporate wellness program:
Good health leads to better work performance. Corporate wellness programs have been shown to reduce nonattendance among employees and increase work output.
An employee’s quality of work may be hard to quantify but their number of work hours can be easily measured. In terms of attendance, healthy workers spend more time at work than their sluggish counterparts. Because they are healthy, they are less likely to go on sick days.
Additionally, healthy employees are also more energetic and more enthusiastic towards their job, which makes them even more productive and more efficient.
A healthy body is a happy body. Corporate wellness programs were also proven to boost workers’ morale. When employees see that their company is spending to look after their wellbeing, it tells them that their employers care about them. This cultivates loyalty and responsibility among employees, which, in turn, motivates them to work harder and better.
Prevention is better than cure. Always. Spending a few hundred dollars to maintain your employees’ health can save you thousands, even millions, in the long run.
One of the best and well-documented example of a corporate wellness success story is by the Johnson & Johnson Company. Since their adoption of a corporate wellness program in 1995, the percentage of employees who smoke was reduced by two-thirds while the number of employees who are at risk of high blood pressure dropped by more than half. The company estimates that their wellness programs have saved them over $250 million on medical care expenses.
The success of a company depends on its employees. Investing in corporate wellness programs leads to a happier workplace, increased productivity, and reduced health care costs. Even in companies, health is indeed wealth.