Wellness Programs Can Improve Employee Retention

Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 12.41.12 PM“If the potential for lower healthcare costs and improved employee productivity are not reason enough for your organization to offer a workplace wellness program, then how about viewing wellness as a retention tool as well?,” Business and Legal Resources asks.

“The 2012 Principal Financial Well-Being Index: American Workers found that 45% of employees agree that an employer-sponsored wellness program would encourage them to stay in their current job—compared to 40% the previous year. In addition, 62% of surveyed workers believe that such programs improve health and reduce health risks—compared to 55% the previous year.”

“But there are also direct, work-related advantages for employees and employers. More than half of program participants reported that wellness benefits encourage them to work harder and perform better. In addition, 59% credited their participation in a wellness program with giving them more energy to be productive at work. The survey also found that 43% of employees reported missing fewer days of work because of their participation.”