By Sue Blankenhagen, Wellness Program Specialist, Ceridian LifeWorks
Let’s look at Joe. Joe has been a regular smoker for the past 10 years. During an 8-hour work day, he takes five 15-minute breaks, three of which take place during sanctioned break times. The economic impact (on average) of a tobacco user like Joe on the organization is huge. Read more
It should come as no surprise that countless organizations today are prioritizing corporate health and wellness as a strategy for building a productive, prosperous business.
Unfortunately, maintaining wellness can be more difficult than it looks. Even if all of your employees are ostensibly physically healthy in all of the readily apparent ways – they’re eating well, exercising and the like – they can still fall victim to one terrible disease that’s widespread in the modern American office. The silent killer is stress. Read more
For decades now, we’ve seen human resources leaders invest a great deal of money into corporate health and wellness, spending on making their employees healthier not just physically, but mentally and financially as well. This has been a large-scale trend for a while, and it’s become so commonplace that some companies jump on the bandwagon even without a clear picture of why wellness is so valuable.
Recently some have begun to question this. Is it really worth it to invest so much in the health of your workforce? Healthier people aren’t guaranteed to be more productive for your business – and even if they are, you’re not guaranteed to retain them anyway. There’s a chance that all that wellness spending is going to waste. Read more
Given that part of the job in human resources is to maximize the bottom line of the organization, many HR professionals tackle this objective by focusing primarily on corporate health and wellness. The thinking here is fairly simple – if you can build a staff that’s healthier, they’re likely to be more productive each day, which ultimately translates to a more profitable business. Read more
As they search for every possible way to gain ground in the “war for talent,” many of today’s organizations have explored the idea of using corporate health and wellness to gain a competitive advantage. The idea is simple and possibly game-changing – if you can offer better health benefits than your competition, you’ll be more likely to attract and retain top talent to work for you.
According to the Young Entrepreneur Council, wellness has become a far more important piece of the talent management and retention puzzle in recent years. Joshua Love, president of Los Angeles-based wellness consultancy Kinema Fitness, told the news source that wellness has become a far more competitive area – and it’s one where many businesses still have a lot of room to improve. Read more
The best HR departments today are those that not only look after the engagement and productivity of their employees, but also keep one eye on corporate health and wellness. Monitoring people’s health is difficult enough already, but what makes it even more challenging is that the employees themselves aren’t the only concern. Many of today’s employees are looking after their own health and that of someone else.
Everywhere you look in today’s workforce, there are caregivers. According to Ceridian’s research, about 22.7 million Americans today work as caregivers in addition to handling their job responsibilities. In addition, studies have shown that those who try to balance work with caregiving tend to struggle with stress, fatigue and a number of other health risks.