The Unmistakable Common Sense Behind the Corporate Wellness Trend
Corporate wellness is catching on
Have you heard of the corporate wellness trend? It’s one of the more recent fads in business that looks like it could be here to stay–and for good reason.
The idea behind corporate wellness is that a business should promote a healthy lifestyle for its employees. This is accomplished with a variety of corporate initiatives, including health education, personal health coaching, medical screenings, weight loss/management programs, health fairs, daily health-related tips sent via email, as well as on-site fitness centers for cardiovascular and/or strength training.
Also, corporate wellness goes beyond the provision of resources so that employees can be more health-conscious. The principle extends to organization policies that also promote a healthy lifestyle. For example, a company may provide flexible working hours for employees who wish to spend time working out in the fitness center.
It Just Makes Sense
Why is corporate wellness becoming popular? For starters, it’s because many full-time professionals work a job that calls for little to no physical activity. Most so-called “white collar” employees sit behind a desk, look at a computer screen, and type on the keyboard. That’s when they’re not sitting down in meetings where donuts are usually provided free of charge.
Understandably, that type of semi-sedentary lifestyle for multiple hours per day can lead to health issues, not the least of which is obesity. Obesity, in turn, leads to hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, and even some varieties of cancer.
Obesity is a common problem for people with desk jobs
Companies don’t just promote well-being out of a sense of social responsibility, though. There is a price to pay for a workforce of people who are out of shape. Unhealthy people tend to call in sick a little more often, file more health insurance claims, and are more prone to on-the-job injuries.
Some businesses also find that wellness programs help keep insurance premiums down. In some cases, employers pay more of their employees’ health insurance premiums if those employees are active participants in the company wellness program.
Policies like that are understandable. Healthcare-related costs for employers are skyrocketing, in part, because of an unhealthy workforce. It is therefore in the best interests of corporations to keep their employees healthy. It’s an act of economic common sense, especially considering that obese people pay $395 more every year in health care costs than people who are in shape.. As a result, we can expect to see the trend continue.
Corporate wellness programs don’t appear to be a passing fad. That’s a good thing, because being healthy is never a bad thing.