How often do you think about the day-to-day health of your employees? Almost never, right? Or when we do, it’s almost 100% focused on mental health or chronic disease, right?
While these are important areas, paying attention to the everyday health challenges your employees face can also substantially boost your organization as well.
It’s time we start looking at employee wellness as a growth lever, and not only a perk.
Recent research shows that the relationship between employee health and productivity is something HR leaders should be examining more closely not just on an annual basis, but almost daily.
Better Employee Wellness = Better Company Growth
93 percent of employers believe in a direct link between a healthy workforce and high productivity. And they’re right.
A recent study found employees who participated in an employer wellness program increased their productivity by about 4 percent on average. If you look closer at the relationship between health and productivity, three main points emerge:
1. Absentee rates decrease by 27 percent for employees who eat healthy and exercise. They also produce up to 25 percent higher in job performance.
2. Employees who have difficulty finding time to exercise are 96 percent more likely to be less productive than active employees. Those with unhealthy diets are 66 percent more likely to be unproductive, and this rises to 93 percent when they “rarely eat fruits, vegetables and other low-fat foods at work”.
3. Burnout and mental health issues like depression, are less likely to occur among employees who exercise. In fact, those who worked out for four hours each week were half as likely to experience burnout and depression.
These are interesting stats. They also indicate that organizations who are slow to adopt employee wellness programs could get left behind.
Great Employee Wellness Improves Employee Engagement
Nearly 90 percent of employers believe that employee engagement, which directly impacts productivity, is impacted the most by employee wellness. It’s no surprise that 75 percent of organizations say that their employee wellness program is a vital component of their company’s growth plan.
Employees also seem to agree. Employees who perceive that their employer cares about their health and wellbeing are more engaged. More than three quarters of executive leaders believe that in this way employee wellbeing positively impacts productivity.
Engagement matters. Highly engaged workers are 38 percent more likely to display above-average productivity, and companies with engaged employees outperform those with a poorly engaged workforce by over 200 percent.
All of this to say that employers who put in the effort to examine their employee wellness program, and then step up their involvement in helping their teams prioritize and manage employee health will scale productivity massively.
Want to learn more about implementing an employee wellness program? Get started with LEON today.
I’m an ex Wellness Professional/Pro Sports Performance coach turned repeat founder and startup advisor. At LEON, I’m responsible for the business development and employee ecosystem, putting our people and technology to work alongside small to large companies and the wellness marketplace to accelerate their corporate and social wellness efforts.
Earlier I founded and led the operational side of AthleteList where I sourced and worked alongside athlete support providers (Ortho’s, PT’s, Sports Data Scientists etc.) in helping them access professional and recreational athletes alike.
Previously, I was a Sports Science Consultant, leading Olympic Sports development in Track and Field. I successfully represented over 7 countries in the 2016 Rio Olympics, ranging from the USA, Jamaica, India, Ghana and the UK.
I’ve spent way too much time in the fitness industry. From opening new locations and regions, consulting on cutting edge sports performance centers in Silicon Valley, to early-stage franchise development. Earlier I attended Temple University where I learned a few things about exercise science and data science.