Workplace Wellness Programs Work
As an organization, Optima Health and Sentara Healthcare do workplace wellness right. Across the country, companies of all sizes are implementing workplace wellness programs. They’re doing so because they save money for both employers and employees and they improve employee health.
Sherrie Harris works as a patient advocate at Sentara Obici Hospital and she takes her health seriously. She hasn’t always, but now she does because of Sentara’s wellness program, Mission: Health. Today Sherrie is healthier than ever before because she participates and benefits from the wellness program offered by Sentara.
It makes sense that healthier employees tend to be happier, more productive and less likely to take sick days. Companies with well-run programs, in turn, may see significant decreases in medical and workers’ compensation claims: an average return of $3 for every $1 spent on wellness initiatives, with a high of $15 per dollar, according to the American Institute for Preventive Medicine. Theoretically, savings should continue long-term if employees can avoid or better manage high-cost chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Read more about how Sherrie Harris learned to put her health first and why Mission: Health has achieved such great success.