Beyond the numbers – When does a wellbeing program make sense?

Wellbeing programs are here to stay. Whether it is annual flu shots or more complex programs that integrate a variety of services, wellbeing programs are continuing to increase in popularity.

The purpose of implementing corporate wellbeing programs is however continually evolving. More and more companies are beginning to look beyond the tangible cost numbers and taking a whole-person approach to their programs. So what’s driving this transformation?

The intangible VOI

There is growing evidence, supported by surveys and studies from Gallup, and other independent organizations that when employers care about the overall wellbeing of their employees, it results in a broader set of benefits to the organization. Among the many benefits, empowering individual employees to take responsibility for their overall wellbeing results in increased tenure at the organization, better collaboration with co-workers, higher productivity, and last but not least, better health and presenteeism.

All of the above benefits can not only save costs for the organization but also result in increased revenue over a period of years. Additionally, wellbeing programs can also generate intangible value to the business in the form of a mindful workforce, loyal employees, and talented human resource capital.


Making wellbeing programs count

These revelations are beginning to inspire and challenge many companies to rethink wellness in the larger context and change their approach to how such programs are implemented. Some companies are already breaking from the mold and implementing non-traditional wellbeing initiatives that focus on the physical, family, community, career, and financial wellbeing of individuals. They understand that the foundation for tomorrow’s business is built on the wellbeing of today’s employees.

Given that we are on the cusp of a significant turn in human resource management, this may just be the right time for your organization to join the revolution in employee wellbeing and gain some early competitive advantage. Thinking beyond the short-term numbers and building a strong human resource foundation may just be the secret sauce for building a strong and enduring organization.

One thought on “Beyond the numbers – When does a wellbeing program make sense?

  • Sarah Studebaker
    February 17, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    To whom should I write or speak regarding the addition of the complementary, holistic practice of Acupuncture as a wellness maintenance benefit for optimal employee health?

    Acupuncture is exceptional for treatment of insomnia, anxiety, maladaptive stress response, decreased healing time and pain relief related to musculoskeletal system issues. An immune system strengthener, this practice decreases absenteeism by greatly reducing incidence of occurrence, and the healing time for those affected by the common cold, influenza (gastric upset and/ or respiratory compromise), dysmenorrhea, IBS and other common workplace ailments.

    If you’d care for more information please contact me: Sarah Studebaker RN MS LAc DIPAc, NCCAOM

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