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Healthcare News: More Companies Investing in Wellness Programs – Helping Employees Live a Life of Balance

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 17th, 2012

These days, fewer employers offer perks like big bonuses, lavish retreats and limitless expense accounts. However, one benefit that employers are increasingly willing to invest in is the wellness of their staff, which is great overall healthcare news!work life balance

Corporate wellness programs, which encourage people to take steps to prevent the onset or worsening of health conditions, to adopt healthier lifestyles, and live a life of balance have grown steadily in the past few years, according to the latest MetLife Annual Employee Benefits Trends Study.

Nearly half of employers offer such programs, almost double the number in 2005. Among companies with 500 or more employees, the number jumps to about 75 %.

Some companies can’t afford to give merit increases as they did in the past, but they still want to do the right thing and take care of their employees and encourage them to live a life of balance, so they offer wellness programs. Not only do they improve the health of the staff, but they also increase productivity while saving the company money.

Studies show that for every $1 a company puts into corporate wellness programs, $3 is saved through decreased sick days, increased worker productivity and employee retention, according to the National Business Group on Health in Washington, D.C.

Wellness programs aren’t just to lower insurance claims and pharmacy costs but to decrease absences, illnesses and injuries, resulting in a more effective employee.

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