Promoting Health at Work
Employers who offer wellness programs are promoting health at work. Initiatives that support wellness reward employees with better health and a greater sense of well-being. They pay dividends to employers and their organizations through reduced costs and higher productivity. In this issue, we look at wellness from several points of view:
- Our Editorial connects today’s wellness programs with an international tradition of health promotion.
- We see wellness from the perspective of a consultant who helps organizations launch and maintain wellness programs, and through the lens of a company with a successful wellness program.
- We learn more about obesity – why it is so difficult to conquer, why it is an appropriate target for wellness programs, and why a new approach is offering hope for change.
Wellness and benefits
Research has shown that wellness programs can reduce costs, indirectly because of factors like fewer sick days and accidents and directly, because of reduced use of benefits, such as prescription medications. In contrast to reactive measures that pay for illness and accidents that have already occurred, wellness programs are preventive. In themselves, they may cost relatively little; in combination with the advantages of maintaining a healthy workforce, they are investments that drive long-term rewards.bh