If the employees spend most of their time in their workplace, it leads to higher stress and sedentary lifestyle. Therefore workplace wellness programs must cover disease prevention strategies.
Wellness programs are good at helping people adopt and maintain healthy behaviour. This is perhaps the biggest benefit of conducting it. Healthy behaviours lead to lower health risks, and lower health risks lead to less chronic disease. With less chronic disease, employees have fewer health care costs. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and more are becoming common across the corporate sector and badly affecting the health of the youth population. It not only harms the workforce health and increase the health cost of the employees and employer, but also adversely impacts their workplace engagement and productivity. In 2011, the World Economic Forum anticipated the loss to the global economy from chronic diseases to rise to more than $40 trillion by 2029. Employees with an unhealthy diet were 66% more likely to have high presenteeism than those who regularly ate whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Employees who didn’t exercise very much were 50% more likely to have high presenteeism than employees who were regular exercisers. These findings demonstrate that poor health behaviours are strongly associated with high levels of presenteeism.
In short, unhealthy individual lifestyle choices may result in substantially higher levels of lost productive work time. If you’re an employer and realised that, a healthy workforce is a must to make the business profitable, get in touch with us to build a workplace wellness program catering to all health needs of your workforce.