Workplace wellness is a buzzword in today’s human resources landscape – and for good reason. Employees physical, mental and emotional health matter and can have significant impact on their overall happiness at work and their productivity.
Around the world, employers are opting to prioritize workplace wellness, which has blossomed into a $40 billion industry worldwide. Wellness programs in the workplace spark healthier habits and encourage employees to pursue and prioritize their own personal health and wellness.
If you’re curious about the need for such programs, here’s a look at 5 workplace wellness statistics every business owner should know.
60% of Workers Say They’re Burnt out at their Current Job
According to a 2017 Career Builder Survey, more than half of the American workplace reported feeling burnt out at their current job. This statistic is particularly alarming because employees who’re burnt out aren’t operating at their highest levels of productivity, creativity, or happiness on the job.
31% of American Workers Report High or Extremely High Stress Levels at Work
From working long hours, to managing multiple roles, to struggling to find a sustainable work-life balance, nearly 33% of employees in the U.S. are stressed. High levels of stress have been linked to a number of health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.
Only 33% of Employees Say They’re Engaged At Work
Only 33% of employees reported feeling engaged at work, according to a recent Gallup report. That means the majority of the American workforce isn’t engaged, and consequently, isn’t particularly productive at work.
When employees are disengaged at work, they’re more likely to search for other jobs and make major mistakes on the job. Employees can be disengaged for a number of reasons, including burnout, workaholism, alcoholism, depression, chronic stress, or boredom.
Productivity losses linked to missed work cost U.S. employers $225.8 billion, or $1,685 per employee, each year
The word’s out. When employees miss work or are less than productive at work, employers pay for it. It’s important to create a work environment employees want to come to each day.
Sports teams, game nights, and team dinners are just a few of the ways to keep a team engaged. When they feel connected, they want to stay close. It’s just a matter of making that initial investment.
It’s just a matter of investing your time and emotional energy into the well-being of your team. Wellness extends beyond nutrition and fitness. Wellness programs include anything that positively impacts an employee’s wellbeing. For example, team building, professional development counseling, or paid vacation days are all examples of wellness benefits.
75% of healthcare problems in the U.S are caused by stress-related and preventable chronic diseases
Healthcare costs are generally one of businesses’ largest expenses. When preventable health issues caused by stress create other medical problems for employees, your businesses’ health costs will continue to grow.
Employees want to feel connected, appreciated, and part of the group. When an employer takes the time to provide a thoughtful benefits plan, everyone wins. Your employees will feel better, live healthier, and be happier. As a result, they’ll produce more productive and creative work.
So, what are you waiting for?