The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates lost productivity due to absenteeism in the U.S. costs employers $225.8 billion annually, or $1,685 per employee. Employers who implement a comprehensive workplace wellness program can help bring down these costs, effect positive lifestyle changes among their workforce, and create a culture of health within their company. Perhaps that’s why 67 percent of employers plan to expand their wellness programs in the next few years, according to a survey from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and Fidelity Investments.
“When employees are better taken care of and taking part in managing their own health, they’re not only sick less, but when they’re at work they’re more efficient workers,” says Michelle Carbery, a corporate wellness specialist at Independent Health. “That atmosphere is contagious, even out into the community. Your workplace is going to be somewhere people want to work.”