Healthy employees are more likely to be happy employees, and if nothing else, healthy employees are more likely to actually show up for work. Many folks try to stay healthy in the short-term — look at all the people you see wearing masks on public transit — but a long-term approach to health can not only reduce the frequency of illness, it can also reduce the time that people are out of action when they do get sick.
A 2014 report by Aon found that
While the return on investment (ROI) varies for each employer, studies have shown that for every $1 an employer spends on wellness programs, employers can expect a $3 to $6 return on their investment.
Whether you’re a big multinational or a 5-person startup, you would benefit from a wellness program. This does not have to be elaborate, and could consist of such simple things as sharing messages about nutrition and fitness, or having group runs or other fitness activities. While large firms may have a Chief Wellness Officer and arrange gym membership discounts, even small firms can share useful information and take steps to encourage and facilitate good fitness.
And I’m not just saying this because I ran the Army Half Marathon in Singapore yesterday.