Employee Wellness is an organized, employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees (and, sometimes, their families) as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization’s bottom line.
Why Employee Wellness?
As health care costs continue to rise for individuals and employers, prevention is becoming more and more important. When people learn skills for living healthy lifestyles, they are less likely to develop health problems.
Employee wellness programs offer unique opportunities for promoting health behaviors and preventing health problems. Americans spend the majority of their waking hours in the workplace, so the work environment and business productivity are strongly linked to employee health.
On average, employee health problems lead to 2 hours, 29 minutes of lost productivity and 41 minutes of absence each week.
Employee wellness programs offer great benefits to employers, individual workers, families, and communities. These programs help employees make healthy choices, and in return, can lower insurance and worker’s compensation claims, decrease medical costs, and increase worker productivity.
$6.00 return on investment for every dollar spent on wellness programs, employers save an average of $3.27 in medical costs and $2.73 in absenteeism.
Your Employee Wellness Program
Use these resources to find information about starting, building, and sustaining your employee wellness program:
Step 1 – Understanding Employee Wellness
Workplace Health Program Definition and Description
The CDC explains what an employee wellness program is and what components it contains.
Step 2 – Planning Your Program
Workplace Health Program Development Checklist
Use this checklist to remind you what steps are involved in creating your wellness program.
Step 3 – Building and Sustaining Your Program
Federal Wellness Guide
This guide contains health education materials ready to be shared with employees as well as basic principles, best practices, guidance, and recommendations for employers involved in managing employee wellness programs.
Federal Wellness Guide
This tool is designed to help you assess the health culture in your workplace and determine if evidence-based health promotion interventions and strategies have been implemented.