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Worksite Wellness Pays Off for Employers

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011
Financial benefits of healthy workforce far outweigh costs for companies

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Companies that implement a worksite wellness program benefit from a significant return on investment, according to the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), which hosted an executive summit yesterday at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 15th-annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition. 

The summit highlighted the total value of worksite wellness and reported that the return on investment for companies can be as high as six-to-one.

“Healthy employees are aligned with a highly engaged and productive organization,” said George J. Pfeiffer, president of The WorkCare Group. “Worksite wellness programs can benefit a company by not only making it more sustainable but also making it attractive to prospective employees. In the end, it really pays off.”

A panel of leading experts, including Pfeiffer, shared strategies for creating a healthy, high-performance workforce and reviewed case studies from Target, Chevron, Northrop Grumman and Clark Security Products. Three key suggestions from the summit are:

  • Value worksite wellness. Understand and communicate all the benefits of worksite wellness – financial and otherwise.
  • Communicate a culture of health. Using formal and informal communication channels, develop a transparent brand for your health management strategy. Focus on vitality and well-being.
  • Engage your organization from the top down and from the bottom up. Encourage employee engagement by getting buy-in from top and middle management. Also allow for employee volunteers to be your wellness champions within the company.

“Investing in comprehensive worksite wellness is at a minimum a break-even proposition,” said Pfeiffer. “At the very least, your program will cost the company nothing. However, most companies should experience a positive return on investment within three to five years when a comprehensive model is implemented.”

During the Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition, IAWHP also hosted a preconference on cultures and communities of health and announced its support of the World Health Organization’s healthy workplaces model.

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IAWHP is an affiliate society of the American College of Sports Medicine. Its mission is to advance the global community of worksite health promotion practitioners through high-quality information, services educational activities, personal and professional development and networking opportunities.

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 40,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

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