increased employee retention rates. In part, this is just another way of saying healthy employees are happy employees.
And the numbers are remarkable. Almost half (45%) of employees at small or mid-sized companies reported that they would stay at their jobs longer because of employer-sponsored wellness programs, according to the latest Principal Financial Well-Being Index. The rising cost of health care along with job instability and high unemployment rates has solidified workers' opinions of the value of their benefit plan.
The study found that about 47% of workers would participate (or already do participate) in wellness programs to achieve better health overall. Additionally, most workers showed an interest in programs that improve physical health such as in-office fitness facilities, gym discounts, or weight management programs.
It’s easy for employees to shrug off an on-site wellness program and claim that they don’t have the time to participate, or "getting healthy" is not something they like to think about, but from a financial standpoint, both the employer and the employee benefit from a burgeoning culture of health in the workplace. The top reasons for participation in wellness programs were listed as: reduced personal health care costs (30%), increased longevity and health maintenance (30%), employer incentives (28%), and reduced stress (28%).
Is a comprehensive wellness program a worthy reason to stay with a company? How important is a wellness program to you?