That is because there are some pretty staggering statistics out there about the health and wellness of those living in our country. First, America’s Health Rankings notes that 19% of the adult population currently smokes cigarettes.
Next, fitness.gov reports that by 2030, half of all American adults in the U.S. are expected to be obese, while the Institute of Medicine states that obesity-related illness costs approximately $190.2 annually.
Additionally, the 2013 Aflac Workforces Report notes that medical costs decrease approximately $3.27 for each dollar a business spent on wellness programs. Finally, the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism reports that companies that implemented a wellness program experienced a 28% reduction in employees calling in sick.
These facts point to the idea that employers need to consider employee wellness as a key factor of running their organization.
After all, healthy and happy people lead to satisfied and productive employees that are able to make your company successful and lucrative. Before creating a wellness program that will help enhance the health and happiness of employees, you must gain a clear understanding of the key aspects of employee well being.
Take a look at what those are below.
The Key Aspects of Employee Well Being
Happiness in his or her job
A big part of our well-being is made up of whether or not we are satisfied at our job. After all, it is where we spend the majority of our waking ours during the week! Disliking our job can have serious effects on our mental and even physical health.
Forbes reports that 70% of Americans stated they dislike their job, which are not good odds. That is why, as an employer, it’s more important now than ever to focus on keeping employees happy.
Having his or her finances in order
Money can be a large source of stress for individuals, and troublesome finances can lead to unhappiness and a diminished well-being.
According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association in 2015, around 64% of Americans reported that money is a “somewhat” or “very significant” source of stress in their lives, and it was noted as the leading cause of stress among Americans in general.
Having a healthy social life
Possessing a healthy social life – including the sense of community felt among co-workers and managers – is an important contributor to one’s overall wellness. Feelings of isolation can lead to mental and physical harm for any person.
Having good physical health
Our physical health is a vital part of our well-being. From the statistics noted above, it is clear that it can be difficult to maintain a healthy physique, weight, and to have a sound diet. While this is a challenge, it is necessary to remain healthy and happy.
How a PEO Can Help
Instilling a wellness program in your office can take a great deal of time, planning, and effort. A PEO is experienced in not only developing one that is right for your organization, but in assisting to implement it flawlessly. To find the PEO that is best suited for your business, call us today.
Also, look out for our upcoming article spotlighting wellness programs for an array of company types and office environments.