Employee Health Programs Boost Productivity

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, November 12th, 2013

Employee wellness programs are more important than ever, both because the new Affordable Care Act includes incentives for them and because they provide huge savings. A study published in the October 2013 issue of ACOEM’s Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows further evidence of the payoffs.

The study is from a program in which wellness coaches provided telephone support to help employees address health problems or risk factors. The program cut lost work time by approximately 10.3 hours per year and saved an average of about $350 for each participating employee.

There is a growing body of evidence proving that participating in health promotion programs can help improve productivity and save money for employers.

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