Illness in the Workplace
“An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure.”
You’re likely familiar with this timeless phrase, coined by Ben Franklin in 1736. At the time, Franklin was specifically referring to fire prevention. However, this adage applies to a myriad of things in life, including our health and wellness.
Why Wellness Matters in the Workplace
Medical costs for US employers, currently at an all-time high, are projected to increase by 6.5% in 2022. Despite the expensive outlook, there’s good news for those willing to innovate through wellness programs. Why? Because these programs, aimed at preventative medicine, are proven to be both effective and undoubtedly less costly than the “cures”!
Unhealthy behaviors and chronic health conditions are known to be the major contributors to employee related health care expenses, absenteeism and lack of productivity. However, when a well-thought-out wellness program is properly implemented and adopted by employees, it could potentially save your organization thousands of dollars each year and catapult your future successes.
How Wellness Prevents Illness in the Workplace
It’s important to remember that all aspects of health are interconnected. Because of this, preventative well-being programs should be at the center of every organization’s strategy.
For instance, when employees are physically active and emotionally healthy, they are less likely to suffer from chronic diseases. Exercise specifically is known to increase an individual’s capacity for productivity and decrease absenteeism. Simply put, employees who are focused on their well-being and utilize their wellness benefits are less likely to become ill.
In 2019, a report published by Deloitte found that about 80% of health spending in the United States was going towards care and treatment. However, a massive shift in spending is expected to unfold and programs related to health and well-being are anticipated to account for nearly 60% of spending by 2040.
Why is this important? It seems likely that the future of healthcare will be focused on wellness and prevention. Now is the time to ensure your organization is keeping its workforce healthy through offering effective wellness programs.
How Prevention Leads to a Better Workplace Environment
I may be going out on a limb here, but I personally prefer to have a team filled with positive, energetic individuals. Anybody else agree? At this point in history, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that not only does exercise help prevent illness, it also has a positive effect on mood and energy levels.
Studies have shown that individuals who engage in physical activities at least two to three times a week experience significantly less depression, anger and stress than those who exercise less frequently or not at all. Experts are still working to define exactly why this is, but one theory is that exercise naturally produces those “feel good” endorphins we all know and love.
When an organization prioritizes the health of their workforce by incorporating wellness into their company culture, everyone wins. When aimed at prevention, programs like Peerfit are infectious; they help build community and create an environment your workforce wants to be a part of.
You already know your employees are your greatest assets. Are you ready to provide your team with wellness programs that foster optimal health and help prevent disease? Reach out through our form below to start a conversation today.