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Picture this. You are sitting at work exhausted, unhappy in your role and feeling like there is no way out; to make matters worse, you are feeling a tad under the weather. We’ve all been there, right? Well, how can this be changed? How can a basic human need of self-actualization and health be fulfilled within the everyday workplace?

For employers and employees alike, wellness is a priority, whether that be physically, mentally, or financially. And while this area of life may be a priority, it is all too often lost between the constant juggle of work and home life.

There are approximately 260 workdays in a year, which translates into just over 71 percent of the year spent at work. Considering a full-time employee, it is safe to say that the workplace is where they spend most of their time. Therefore, employers must 1) take advantage of the amount of time committed by employees and 2) be willing to shift focus to a more health-centric atmosphere rather than an entirely work-centric atmosphere to accommodate organization commitment.

So, how can you, the employer, safeguard the two concepts stated above? By executing a wellness program within the workplace, employees will prove to be happier, more satisfied and more productive during the workweek while healthcare costs for the company will be significantly reduced.

The following is an excerpt taken from The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism about data collected regarding wellness program effectiveness within the workplace:

Nearly all (92 percent) of the companies with a wellness program in place agreed that these programs are effective, and 47 percent reported the programs are very or extremely effective. In addition, 44 percent of employers agree they are able to offer lower health insurance premiums as a result of their wellness program, and six in 10 (61 percent) agree they have a healthier workforce as a result of having a wellness program in place.

One of the most iconic companies that currently implements a wellness program throughout their business model is Google. Featured by totalhrmanagement.com in the article, 12 Companies With Seriously Impressive Corporate Wellness Programs, Google employs on-campus healthcare experts, insurance and emergency services and new parent and continuing student benefits to some campuses across the nation. Google ensures that while their employees are committing a vast majority of their time to the workplace, they aren’t sacrificing everything to accommodate workplace needs. Understanding that the atmosphere of Google may be a bit extreme for some companies, the key element is the application Google adopts rendering employee satisfaction and organizational success.

Workplace wellness programs can come in many different forms. Whether it be a simple, unstructured plan or creating a more structured and health-centric workplace such as facility, each result will confirm the positive impact a wellness program has. Later this week we will be exploring various wellness programs that may be most beneficial for your workplace atmosphere.

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