Research clearly demonstrates that when properly executed, worksite wellness programs can contribute to both improved health and cost savings revealing a direct correlation between program participation rates and financial returns. Additionally, properly assembled wellness programs elicit a litany of lesser tangible, but unequivocally impactful benefits which encompass the recruitment and retention of a higher quality workforce while collectively curtailing absenteeism and improving job satisfaction.
“Employee engagement, health behavior, and physical health each contribute to lower absenteeism and higher job productivity.” (Merrill et.al. 2013)
“Employees engaged in a worksite wellness program elicit improvements in: self-efficacy, goal-setting, and healthy behaviors.” (Clark et. al. 2015)
Chapman (2005) and Aldana (2001) in separate meta-analyses, found that such programs can achieve significant returns on investment (in the range of 3.5 – 5.8:1 for every dollar spent). As participation increases so does the likelihood of return.
“The health of our workforce is inextricably linked to the productivity of our nation’s workforce, and therefore to the health of our national economy.”
–Ron Loeppke MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM