Why small business wellness? Wellness
programs are an investment in your company’s most important
resource, your employees. Studies tell us employees are more
likely to stay on the job and perform well when they are
feeling well both physically and mentally. In addition,
employees are more likely to want to work with, remain with,
and appreciate an employer that values them.
Improved productivity and wellness
programs can an effective tool in slowing the growth of your
health care costs. Selecting healthier options can reduce
employees’ chances of developing and suffering from chronic
diseases. Less illness means your business can lower health
plan utilization, thereby lowering health benefit costs, and
consequently increasing earnings.
While health cost savings from
wellness programs might be less evident than productivity
gains, research demonstrates that medically high-risk
employees are medically high-cost employees, as they use
additional health care and generate higher claims. Over
time, you will see documented proof that a wellness program
is cost-effective. As a small business, this is one expense
you can work to reduce and your investment in a wellness
program will yield you a substantial ROI.
Fortitude staff evaluates client’s
current employee health status to establish base-line
statistics only. From this preliminary assessment, along
with department head interviews, we tailor a group
presentation to address uniqueness of staff, taking into
consideration culture, environment, stress, and other
inherent job situations. We then develop a tailored program
specific to your employee wellness needs for best results.
In general, most medical self-care
training programs will show a benefit to cost ratio
somewhere between 2:1 and 5:1, which means a savings between
two and five dollars for every dollar invested in a health &
A number of well-designed studies
report in clinical literature that document medical
self-care’s impact on healthcare utilization. Findings
reveal these programs reduce visits to healthcare providers
between 7 and 19 percent. In addition, studies show visits
for minor health conditions are reduced by 35 percent as a
result of a well-designed health & wellness program.
For further information or to schedule
a workshop, please contact us at (972) 998-0152.