GMO's You're Hired: Importance of Work Site Wellness Programs

      Employers can also benefit from work site wellness programs.

      According to recent research, employers' benefits are:

      Enhanced recruitment and retention of healthy employees

      Reduced healthcare costs

      Decreased rates of illness and injuries

      Reduced employee absenteeism

      Improved employee relations and morale

      Increased productivity

      A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report reveals that at work sites
      with Wellness programs, employers have:

      Reduced healthcare costs by 20 to 55 percent

      Reduced short-term sick leave by six to 32 percent

      Increased productivity by two to 52 percent

      The work site organizational culture and environment are powerful influences on
      behavior. This needs to be put to use as a means of assisting employees to adopt a
      healthier lifestyle. Benefits of work site wellness programs for employees include:

      Weight reduction

      Improved physical fitness

      Increased stamina

      Lower levels of stress

      Increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem

      Activity needs to become a part of who you are - it is easy to become sedentary in
      our society.

      Stand 2 minutes for each 20 minutes we sit.

      Park further out in parking lots

      Take the stairs

      Walk to the farthest restroom