A survey of 365 companies found that 62 percent had implemented wellness programs as a long-term investment to improve employees’ health.

Of these companies, about two-thirds cited rising healthcare costs as a “major factor” in the decision to sponsor a program, while the rest said finances played at least “some role” in the decision.

Wellness Focus

Wellness programs can help employees establish and maintain healthy lifestyles that can lower the risks of health problems. Wellness programs can focus on efforts to:

  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthily

Preventative Medicine

Efforts to help employees prevent occurrences of a health condition and get early treatment when the condition does occur are vital components of any wellness program.

If your health plan provides generous coverage for preventative medicine – such as mammograms, prostate tests, colonoscopies, pap smears, et cetera – employees will be more likely to get these screenings done.

Return-to-Work Policies

For any disabling health issue, it’s vital to have policies in place that make returning to work easier. Examine your return-to-work policies for employees who have been disabled by a health issue.

Work with your disability insurance provider to establish adaptable schedules and policies that enable employees to work on a flexible basis. Doing so can help employees get back to health faster and keep disability costs in check while they do.