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Let’s face it, America is one of the most obese countries in the world. It has gotten to a point that our reputation has been tainted for our rotund appearances. That being said, we are trying to get better fit and healthier with the latest fitness trends and diet fads. It also looks as though more and more companies are trying to find ways to promote the importance of health and wellness.

Employee wellness programs are increasing in popularity within many businesses. From free gym memberships to office meditation sessions, companies are understanding the benefits of having healthy employees. Employees need a work-life balance, yet they are spending more time at the workplace every year. If they aren’t able to go to the gym, then why not bring the gym to them?

Here are 5 reasons why your business should consider adopting a wellness program for your employees:

Healthier employees

Wellness programs are able to reduce the chances of developing various illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. By changing the habits of your employees to incorporate exercise and proper nutrition, they have a better chance of avoiding chronic diseases. Even though the choice to change depends on the employee, wellness programs are a superb way to help motivate him to start making changes to his health.

Increased productivity

As employees get healthier, they will notice a higher increase in energy. Wellness programs can dramatically reduce stress, which means they will be more focused and attentive in the workplace. Hence, your workers will create more output and perform better at their jobs. Also, a sense of internal motivation occurs within employees when they realize the positive changes that they are making. You’d be surprised how achieving the smallest goals to getting healthier can inspire you to do better in other aspects of your life.

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Reduced healthcare costs

With the constant rise of healthcare costs, employers are having trouble paying for insurance. Increased premiums and deductibles have made health benefits a costly expense for businesses. This is where employee wellness programs can shine by greatly saving you money by creating a healthier staff. With healthy employees, there would be less of a chance that they would need to use their health insurance.

Friendly and supportive work environment

Wellness programs can play a large role for your workplace culture. Breaking bad habits to become healthier isn’t easy and may seem intimidating, but when your friends are trying to achieve the same goals as you, the journey to achieving that goal makes it so much easier. This type of “buddy system” can create a happier and more supportive work environment. Therefore, it makes it a lot easier to maintain your healthy habits when you’re doing it with someone close to you.

Lower turnover rates

Turnovers are costly for any business. The marketing needed to try and fill a vacant position can be both time and money consuming. However, wellness programs have the ability to keep your employees within your company. With happier and less stressed workers, they will be more committed to work for your business rather than finding a job somewhere else. Let’s remember that an employee’s loyalty isn’t always about the paycheck but the workplace culture as well.

As you can see, employee wellness programs can be an excellent asset for your business. Why not get started as soon as possible to improve your working conditions and the lives of your employees? It doesn’t have to be a dramatic change, but the program does need to be effective. A simple yoga session or a 30-minute nutrition lesson may be all you need to improve the well-being of your employees. It’s time to start thinking about corporate health, so adopt a workplace wellness program that fits your company!

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