Do You Know How Wellness is Affecting the Productivity of Your Employees?
In order to be fully productive at work you must first be well and, just as you cannot come to work sick and expect to be productive, you also cannot be productive in a workplace that is making you sick. This is the crux of too many workplaces today: your employees aren’t healthy so they’re not as productive as they could be and this problem – known as presenteeism – could be significantly affecting your bottom line.
Did you know that over 75% of high-performing companies regularly measure the overall costs of their employees’ health and wellness and utilize that data as part of their overall risk management strategy? These companies have recognized for years that a healthy employee is a productive employee and that prevention is less expensive than treatment, and it’s evident in their bottom line. If you still have your doubts, take a minute to look at the research!
Several studies as of late have examined the impact of health and wellness on employee productivity and evaluated its return on investment. For example, a two-year study of Fortune 100 companies showed that those whose employee well-being increased tended to experience a decline in healthcare costs, improvement in productivity and an increased likelihood of staying with their employer over the course of one year. Additionally, a Harvard University study reviewed 36 corporate wellness programs and found that for every dollar spent the company saved an average of $2.73 through increased employee productivity. Perhaps one of the most striking studies on corporate wellness, the Milken Institute drives home the importance of employee wellness in their continuing productivity by putting a figure on just how much money was lost in the American workforce due to decreased employee productivity. In 2003, productivity losses associated with the deteriorating health of employees amounted to over $1.1 trillion. As the health of the general population continues to decline we can only assume that number has grown in the last decade.
With all this evidence staring you right in the face, wouldn’t it be great if you could make several small, cheap and easy to implement changes around your office to see an extreme cost savings? Sprout recognized the strong link between employee wellness and productivity and kept it in mind during our recent move to a new office. Here are some of the ways we facilitate employee wellness and productivity in our new workspace and we encourage you to try out some of our tactics!
9@9 is a quick nine-minute team meeting at 9 A.M. every morning used to get employees up to speed on important things happening around the office and energized about the day ahead. We use this time to facilitate open communication amongst team members and recognize employees for their hard work.
11@11 is one of our favorite initiatives! For 11 minutes every day at 11 A.M. all Sprout employees congregate for a quick exercise session (whether it be led by an employee or an online exercise video), used to promote physical activity and get employees revved up and moving.
Fitness Corner & Stairs
Did you know that employees who exercised for at least 30 minutes three times per week were 15% more likely to have higher job productivity? Sprout recognizes the direct impact physical activity has on productivity so we encourage employees to move and shake as frequently as possible! In our new, open concept office we have yoga mats, free weights, a step machine and much more set up to allow employees to take quick exercise breaks whenever they need a pick me up! Our office is also on the third floor of a building, so running the stairs is a common occurrence. No Sprouter would ever be caught dead taking the elevator! As a result of this environment conducive to physical activity, we see increased productivity and amazing innovation almost directly after our workouts!
Make no mistake, the greatest advantage a business can have in today’s competitive market is a happy, healthy, high performing and engaged workforce, simply because this leads to increased productivity and innovation. The research is conclusive and the evidence is getting more difficult to ignore, so what’s holding you back from investing in the health and wellness of your employees?
If you would like to have a healthier and more productive workforce, Sprout’s platform is the perfect tool for you to use! Request a demo from us today!
Brea Giffin is Sprout’s Placement student. She hails from the Centennial College Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion graduate program and has a Bachelor of Science and a diploma in Holistic Nutrition. As a life long “fish” (competitive swimmer) she has always been active and enjoys outdoor activities and team sports. She’ll split a salad with you anytime.