Having healthy employees not only makes for a happier workplace, it’s also a smart way to run a business. After all, healthy employees use fewer medical and mental health services — and that could help save your company money.
“Our research shows that 67 percent of employers cite ‘employees’ poor health habits’ as one of the top three challenges to keeping health coverage affordable,” says Jason Lang, team lead, Worksite Health Programs, at the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
According to Lang, it’s not as difficult to encourage workplace wellness as you might think. By taking advantage of low-cost or free services offered through your health plan provider, getting role-model employees involved in promoting wellness, and making some simple changes in your place of business, you may be able to help significantly improve your employees’ health.