Why Better Employee Health Means a Healthier Bottom Line

Why Better Employee Health Means a Healthier Bottom Line

If your organization wants a healthier bottom line, then a focus on healthier employees is a must.

It might seem like spending more on benefits and wellness programs only eats into your profits, but in reality, it’s just the opposite.

The truth is, sickness and poor health cost your firm money. The more workers who are sick or down and out, the more your productivity falls, and the more it hurts your business.

Are you investing enough in your employees’ health? Considering doing more? Here’s how it could help your bottom line:

 

It means lower insurance programs.

Claims on your health insurance trickle down to your organization’s future premiums, gradually sending them higher and higher the more claims that are made. Just a few hospital stays and major health conditions can impact the insurance options (and costs) for the entire organization. But healthy employees and reduced claims? That means lower future premiums and more affordable care for all.

 

It means more present employees.

Healthier employees are out less, are present more and are generally more engaged. According to the National Kidney Association, on-site wellness programs alone can increase employee absenteeism by 19 percent, saving companies more than $260 per year (per employee). It sounds like just a blip on the radar, but if you’re a large organization with hundreds of employees, it can really start to add up.

 

It equals higher productivity.

A study out of Brigham Young University shows that healthy employees are exponentially more productive. Employees with unhealthy diets are 66 percent more likely to lose productivity throughout the day, and those who don’t exercise are 96 percent more likely. In fact, health-related productivity loss accounts for 77 percent of all productivity loss organization-wide. According to the study, employees who eat well, exercise and avoid smoking are measurably more productive — both on the whole and throughout the course of any given day.

 

An Example In Cost-savings.

A great example of how employee health can impact the bottom line is the Safeway organization. At one point, Safeway’s annual health care costs notched above $1 billion and continued growing by $100 million every year. The organization began offering incentives to inspire employees to lose weight, control their blood pressure and lower their cholesterol. There were also discounts to stop smoking. Ultimately, the measures saved the company so much that they were able to reduce their health care premiums by as much as $1,500 per family.

 

Help Your Employees Be Healthier Workers

Do you want your team to be healthier, more productive members of your organization? Just want to reduce health care costs and reduce absenteeism? Uphold Health’s digital tools and care planning support can help. Request a demo today.

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