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Increase Wellness to Increase Your Bottom Line

Increase Wellness to Increase Your Bottom Line

In a recent study of over 1,000 small business owners, 93 percent said the health of their employees is important to their business's bottom line. Surprisingly, and unfortunately, a mere 22 percent currently have a wellness program in place.

This was one of the many eye-opening findings of a joint research effort by Humana Inc, one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, and the National Small Business Association (NSBA). Their report goes onto say that while most small businesses don’t offer health and wellness programs to their employees, three of four that offer such programs do find the initiatives have a positive impact on net revenue.

Small business owners believe that a healthy workforce is good for business. So why isn't more being done? As it turns out, there are a few barriers. These include resources to administer such programs, the fear of singling out employees, and, the answer that ranked highest on the survey's list, lack of employee interest.

Overcome these barriers, however, and you'll begin to see a difference. Studies show that employees who are involved in workplace wellness programs tend to need fewer sick days over the course of the year. They also sleep better at night, leading to better relationships within the company and higher levels of productivity. All in all, spending a little bit to improve employee health can pay for itself over the course of the year, and the return can often be larger than the investment. With that in mind, how is your business/workplace addressing worker wellness?

While wellness programs can have a dramatic impact on employee health, so can the workplace itself. Sitting, staring into a monitor, and using a keyboard for long stretches without a break will, at the very least, stress your body in ways that affect your performance.

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