Houston, we have a problem.

… We also have some solutions: Corporate wellness programs generate positive ROI when properly implemented

  • On average, every dollar invested in workplace wellness programs reduces medical costs by about $3.27. Source: Health Affairs.
  • On average, every dollar invested in workplace wellness programs reduces absenteeism costs by about $2.73. Source: Health Affairs.
  • Workplace wellness programs reduce sick leave absenteeism by 28 percent, reduce medical costs by 26 percent and lead to a 30 percent decrease in workers compensation and disability claims costs.
  • Migration to a lower risk status is estimated to save $53 per employee, savings that recur each year that the employee remains in a low-risk tier. Source: American Heart Association.
  • A 1-percent reduction in excess weight, elevated blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol, has been shown to save $83 to $103 annually in medical costs per person. Source: Henke, et. al., Journal of Occupational Medicine, May 2010.
  • Among enrollees in a Minnesota health plan age 40 or older, each additional “active” day per week was associated with a 4.7% decrease in health care cost. Thus, 5 days of activity would represent about a 23.5% cost reduction compared with no days of physical activity. Source: Centers for Disease Control.
  • Workplace wellness programs have achieved a rate of return on investment that ranges from $3 to $15 for each dollar invested, with savings realized within 12 to 18 months. Source: American Heart Association.

Sleep deprivation costs employers money…

  • The U.S. loses an equivalent of about 1.23 million working days due to insufficient sleep. Source: RAND Corporation.
  • Sleep deprivation costs U.S. employers $411 billion per year. Source: RAND Corporation.
  • If those who sleep under six hours a night increase their sleep to between six and seven hours a night, this could add $226.4 billion to the U.S. economy.” Source: RAND Corporation.

… And smoking cessation saves employers money.

  • Tobacco use costs employers $92 billion per year.
  • $5,816 – The average estimated excess cost of employing a smoking employee versus a non-smoking employee. Source: Berman, et. al., Ohio State University, College of Public Health & Moritz College of Law, 2013.
  • On average, smokers miss 6.2 days of work per year compared with nonsmokers, who miss 3.9 days per year. Source: Halpern MT, Shikiar R, Rentz AM, Khan ZM. Impact of smoking status on workplace absenteeism and productivity. Tob Control. 2001;10: 233–238.

Occupational stress destroys workers – and profits.

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