I was asked recently if employee wellness was just a lot of hot air. As much as I’d like to convince somebody by my word alone, I’ll let you decide by taking a look at the numbers:

  • 66% of employees report increased productivity because of their wellness plan
  • 67% of employees are more satisfied in their jobs, thanks to wellness
  • 50%+ of employers saw absenteeism decrease after implementing a wellness program

Dollars to donuts, you come out ahead with wellness. The CDC estimates employers spend $1,685 per employee on worker illness and injuries — far more than the average cost of a wellness plan for workers (in 2015, it was $693/employee).

But not all wellness initiatives have to cost big bucks. Some of them are simple, easy, effective and affordable. Those are what we’ve focused on with our “13 Weeks of Wellness” campaign. Try them, let us know what works! And if you have any you’d like to add to our list, send them to PR@stratus.hr.

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Laura Lancaster, PHR, SHRM-CP

Author Laura Lancaster, PHR, SHRM-CP

Along with being a Master of Human Resources, Laura is a master of communicating and provides her clients with world-class customer service. She can really cut some rug on the country swing dance floor and enjoys musical theater in between motorcycle rides.

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