The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts. Corporate Wellness begins from that notion and recognizes that the individuals, who comprise a workforce, will produce a higher quality of work, at a higher volume, for a longer period of time, if they are optimized physically, spiritually and mentally. This will create a greater work product. Whatever the structure of an organization, the individuals who comprise that workforce are a team, a unit, a family – united for a single purpose. Everybody’s role is critical to the final product, so everybody’s well-being is relevant. Poor rest, nutrition, fitness and high stress, all lead to lower energy, more frequent and prolonged illnesses, depression, injury, diminished focus, resentment and absenteeism.
Presenteeism Is On The Rise. Presenteeism, which is being at work, while being unfit fit to work, is a far greater and costlier problem. The American Productivity Audit, which conducts yearlong surveys of American companies, estimated the cost of presenteeism, at approximately $150 billion, far greater than the costs of absenteeism and disability. Absenteeism due to illness is a direct medical cost paid by insurance. If you’re paying your workforce not to produce than you are losing money. If your workforce turnover rate is really high, you’re also spending lots of money on training personnel and human resources costs. You are also going to spend more on health insurance.
An Optimized Workforce Sells More Business. An optimized workforce is immediately noticeable and creates a culture that clients want to be a part of. Great morale, a great environment, a great work product, will set your organization apart from all the others. Innovation and forward thinking will always keep you ahead of the pack. Presenting to your clients, your commitment to your own workforce, presents to them a higher standard of achievement, competitiveness and that you operate outside of the mold. When you commit to the wellness of your workforce, you’re making them true partners in the outcome. This will lead to a greater commitment from your employees to your organization.
A True Team. Individuals who struggle together, strive together, support each other, fail together, but never give up together – will eventually succeed together. Bonds are formed. Relationships are created. People realize “it actually wasn’t that hard to adopt a healthier lifestyle and it was actually fun.” Everybody wins. I love it when everybody wins. It’s my favorite ending. I hope it’s yours too!