Happy World Health Day!
From gym membership reimbursement to fitness tracker giveaways, employee wellness programs are becoming a growing trend in corporations across the world. April 7th is World Health Day- the perfect opportunity to re-focus supporting health and fitness in your workplace. This is also a great time for companies to mobilize their employees around a cause and remind them on the importance of staying healthy, not only for their physical wellbeing, but their productivity and mental health at work.
The physical benefits from promoting health awareness and fitness programs range farther than just getting in shape. Yes, exercise can help combat chronic diseases, hypertension and even mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression. But the bottom line for most companies that implement these wellness programs is that healthier employees = happier employees.
Humana’s 2015 study on the impact of workplace wellness programs reported that 67% of employees who participated in company health and fitness programs, increased their engagement and motivation to reach company goals. 89% of these employees expressed an improvement in their overall happiness and well-being.
Ensuring your employees are happy will lead to other corporate benefits, particularly in an increase in productivity and attendance. Allegheny Corporate Health states that employee absenteeism is reduced by 19% in companies that implement these strategies opposed to those that opt out. Reduced health care claims are another advantage, as health and wellness plans help employees avoid preventable illnesses and injuries, ultimately saving companies dollars spent on health insurance.
In celebration of World Health Day, talk to your company about the wellness and health opportunities they have to offer or would like to implement. With a little help from your workplace, you can keep your body and mind in shape in and out of the office.