In an effort to beat rising health care costs, employers are implementing programs that directly influence employees’ individual behaviors and health habits, according to the Willis Health and Productivity Survey conducted by Willis North America Human Capital Practice. Nine hundred employers, ranging in fewer than 100 employees to more than 10,000 employees, participated in the survey.
The health-focused survey shows that the return on investment from wellness programs is positive. Nearly half (49 percent) of the respondents with a wellness program cited measurable improvement in their organization’s medical costs or an improved risk profile among employees. Seventy-eight percent of the respondents with wellness plans said they were using an incentive to drive participation in employer-sponsored programs.
Companies are using their wellness programs to address behavioral change and lifestyle issues, like exercise and nutrition. Some key findings of the survey included:
- Sixty-one percent of employers said that employees’ health habits are the number one challenge in controlling health care costs. High catastrophic cases ranked second with 47 percent and compliance due to health care reform was third with 34 percent.
- Ninety-three percent of employers believe that healthier employees are more productive. However, few are measuring the impact on productivity of employee absenteeism (22 percent) and FMLA (19 percent).
- The number one strategy organizations say they are using to address health care costs is to provide employees with tools and information in order to be better consumers. Sixty-four percent of respondents reported that as their best strategy.
Want to encourage your employees to maintain a healthier lifestyle? Check out some of the blogs below that focus on fitness and healthy living for tips:
Review this blog for tips in helping your employees achieve the right balance for their life at work and outside of work: http://blog.capital.org/help-your-employees-achieve-and-maintain-worklife-balance/.
Looking for ways you can incorporate fitness into the office? This blog includes several work-friendly exercises: http://blog.capital.org/enhance-your-health-and-productivity-with-work-friendly-exercises/.
Stress can lead to serious health consequences for your employees. Read this blog to find out how you can help your employees manage their stress levels: http://blog.capital.org/america-is-stressed-five-tips-to-help-your-employees-prevent-the-effects-of-workplace-stress/.
Employee-sponsored wellness programs provide organizations with many benefits. If you’re interested in starting one at your organization, you will want to take a look at this blog: http://blog.capital.org/create-a-healthier-workplace-with-a-company-wellness-program/.