Many people have heard of employee wellness programs, but not everyone knows exactly what they are. The truth is that these programs can benefit employees and employers.
Here are the top ten reasons why your workplace should implement a wellness program:
Practice A Healthier Lifestyle
It may seem like a no-brainer, but by participating in a wellness program, your employees will lead a healthier way of life and practice better health-related habits. Imagine having a workplace filled with healthy, happy employees.
Taking care of yourself is more than exercise, it takes good diet and nutrition and, honestly, many people don’t understand what foods are beneficial and what foods are harmful. The same goes for exercise habits, safety practices, and other health-related information. At the Lawson Group, our wellness programs are designed to help your employees in many ways, including the adoption of healthier eating and exercise habits.
Enhanced Motivation and Productivity
Have you noticed that your healthy employees are more motivated when they work? Giving your body proper nutrition and exercise helps release stimulating chemicals in the brain, called endorphins, which are correlated with feelings of happiness. More energy and happiness translate into more motivation and productivity during the workday.
Fewer Workers Compensation Claims
Did you notice there is a direct correlation between the amount of workers comp claims filed and the health and wellness of your employees? This has been a trend since the early 2000’s, and it is one of the reasons that at The Lawson Group, we always emphasize the importance of having a wellness program.
Versatility in Wellness Programs
When we work with companies, we make sure that the wellness program is tailored to your business and workforce needs. Smoking cessation, nutrition, exercise, safety, wellness coaching, and health risk programs are just a few examples of wellness offerings that employers can put into effect. Although many people know that a wellness program is beneficial, employers don’t realize how beneficial it can be.
Learn About the Way Healthcare Works
Did you know that shopping for healthcare can be just like shopping for anything else? Some treatments, such as MRI scans in New Hampshire, can cost $400 at one location and $4,000 at another. Without conducting research, employees may choose the more expensive option and their employer or insurance policy then picks up the cost. Learning how to be a more cost-conscious consumer of healthcare is an excellent benefit of having a wellness program, for both the employer and the employee.
Learn First-Aid Basics and CPR
These are life skills that everyone should know, but many people don’t take the time to learn these skills. While not specifically required, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) highly recommends the teaching of these skills. A wellness program can teach employees proper safety procedures in the event of a health-related accident or event. Wouldn’t you like to be rest assured that you have staff in place who know how to conduct CPR or basic first aid?
Let’s face it; most people lead busy lives outside of their job. Between work, taking the kids to sports events, planning meals, working the second job, and so on, many people just don’t have the time to exercise or practice good health-related habits. Incorporating wellness and healthy practices into the workday reduces much strain on this common issue.
Personalized One-on-One Wellness Training
At the Lawson Group, when our custom designed wellness programs are implemented in the workplace, we see an increase in overall employee health and wellness. Every person is different, and when a plan for wellness is tailored to a person’s specific needs, the path to a healthier lifestyle is much more straightforward.
About The Lawson Group
Scott Lawson has been practicing in the New England area since 1974 and is well known throughout the region for his practical approach to managing worker Health and Safety issues, Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance, and Employee Wellness. He has written numerous journal articles over the years and has presented to groups both small and large, throughout New England and at National Conferences, having done so over 500 times! He has personally worked in over 5,000 various companies or entities including manufacturing companies (many being Fortune 100 companies), schools, hospitals, universities, and many governmental organizations. He has amassed a wealth of experience over the years, and yet it all boils down to being practical in the first place and then “Thinking. Without the box.” Click here or call to learn how the Scott Lawson Group can solve your health and safety, wellness and workers’ compensation self-insurance needs.