A 2010 Harvard Business Review Article had some astounding things to say about  the ‘hard return’ of wellness programs. Their conclusion? Wellness program provide a terrific return on investment.

“…a comprehensive, strategically designed investment in employees’ social, mental, and physical health pays off. J&J’s leaders estimate that wellness programs have cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs over the past decade; from 2002 to 2008, the return was $2.71 for every dollar spent.”

The article goes on to refer to a number of studies touting the benefits of wellness programs for your company. In a separate study, 57% of high-risk employees were converted to low-risk status, with significant financial benefits for the company:

“…medical claim costs had declined by $1,421 per participant, compared with those from the previous year. A control group showed no such improvements. The bottom line: Every dollar invested in the intervention yielded $6 in health care savings.”

But the companies surveyed saw a number of other improvements as well — not just on financial return.  Lost work days, in one example, dropped by an astounding 80%. Another study found that a well-implemented wellness program caused a dramatic reduction in employee attrition. Clearly, taking an active stake in your employees’ wellness makes a difference in their health and happiness — and to your bottom line as well.

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