All too often, health and wellness programs are shuffled off to the side, assigned to a committee with little budget or power. In other companies, they find that at the end of the year health and wellness benefits are left on the table. Both of these factors have a negative impact on organizational interest in enhancing their health and well program or in taking steps to incorporate it into the fabric of their culture. It is hard to study the impact of health and wellness programs, but there is evidence that they have a positive impact on an organization's bottom line. Consider the fact that self insured companies have more robust and more effective health and wellness programs, they are able to see the benefit directly in their reduced healthcare costs. This is only one element, though, of the positive impact of health and wellness programs. Here are just three studies on the topic, there are many more
- A 2011 study published by the American Journal of Health Promotion demonstrated that health care costs rose at a 15 percent slower rate among wellness program participants when employers consistently offered a wellness program to their employees.
- A review of 72 studies published in the American Journal of Health Promotion showed an average corporate wellness return on investment (ROI) of $3.48 per $1 when considering health care costs alone, $5.82 when examining absenteeism and $4.30 when both outcomes are considered.
- A Canadian survey released in 2008 found that 83 percent of primary health plan benefit members said they would more likely remain in their job if they really believed their employer was interested in maintaining their good health.