November 2012 Newsletter
The Importance of a Workplace Wellness Program
With growing focus on employee health, corporate wellness programs are increasingly becoming the order of the day.
Research shows, that those individuals who exercise frequently, stayed home from work on an average 2.11 days annually compared to 3.06 days for individuals who don’t exercise regularly. These statistics alone stress the importance of setting up corporate wellness programs.
Employers are now expected to create safe work environments, improve employee health and implement strategies that reduce medical costs as well as increase employee morale and on-the-job efficiency.
Wellness programs demonstrate to employees that their health is important and that their employers know and care about this aspect. Statistics demonstrate that employees who exercise regularly and lead healthy lifestyles incur 31% lower health care costs than employees who live sedentary, unhealthy lifestyles.
Almost 50% of medical costs are incurred due to illnesses that can be avoided with small lifestyle changes. Corporations have begun to realize the importance of healthy employees and are working encourage employees to lead increasingly healthier lifestyles.
Some of the ways a Workplace Wellness Program benefits EMPLOYEES are:
- improving their physical strength, stamina, and general well being
- improving their focus at work
- increasing job satisfaction and fostering a positive outlook on life
- bettering relations with co-workers and supervisors
Some of the ways a Workplace Wellness Program benefits EMPLOYERS are:
- attract and retain good employees, reduce turnover
- improve productivity
- reduced absenteeism
- job satisfaction, employee morale and fosters stronger organizational commitments
- enhance your corporate image and long-term interests by promoting health beyond the workplace
Corporate wellness programs are well worth the time and effort invested in them. The success record of companies utilizing these programs indicates that an employee who is happy and healthy is more productive and motivated, stays away from work due to illness less often and remains employed with the company for a longer time. Investing in employee’s health is beneficial to the employee as well as to the company.
Custom designed comprehensive corporate wellness programs have proven to be beneficial and cost effective to the employer as well as the employee in the long run. If you’d like more information on creating a beneficial corporate wellness program for your employees, please ask your Silverberg Group Representative. We would be more than happy to assist.
Humor & Laughter
For a few smiles, here is some good advice from kids
When your Dad is mad and asks you “Do I look stupid?”, don’t answer him
You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk
If you want a kitten, start by asking for a horse
Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat
When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your Mom when she’s on the phone
Inquiring minds want to know…
Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM’s?
If they squeeze olives to get olive oil, how do they get baby oil?
Why do they report power outages on TV?
If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?
If a turtle loses his shell, is he naked or homeless?
Why is it that if someone tells you there are 1 billion stars in the universe, you believe them, but if they tell you a wall has fresh paint, you touch it to be sure?
Fact: people who laugh a lot are much healthier than those who don’t.