We’ve all heard that wellness programs can reduce health care costs, improve worker satisfaction and decrease absenteeism. But where does one go to find the facts that coincide with this statement? When researching the endless amounts of content available, you might find it easiest to break your search down into three categories: government-based resources, university studies and private organizations.
On a macro-level, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an entire section on their website that breaks down the benefits of wellness programs, provides ideas for implementation and specifically has a link for references.
On a micro level, you can search your state’s Department of Health website and search for wellness programs. For example, Arkansas promotes a specific program to its state workers and has another one for non-state workers. At the bottom of this page you’ll notice a PowerPoint presentation filled with statistics.
University periodicals, such as the Harvard Business Review provide current research on trends, return on investment (ROI) and other noteworthy data that corporations can use when considering wellness programs.
Finally, in the private sector, there are many companies specializing in designing, implementing and evaluating these types of programs. The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) is a non-profit that has 3,200 organizations participating in their workplace wellness programs. Check out WELCOA’s free reports, case studies, and presentations.
Best of luck in your search and thanks for taking the steps to make your workplace healthier and happier!