Workplace Wellness: 3 Reasons to Start a Program Now

These days, more and more employers are considering workplace wellness programs for their employees and that’s great news for both the employees and the boss! Let’s break down three major reasons why you, too, might want to consider starting a program today.

Adds Value to Your Workplace

“In the past,” says Steve Dodder, 9Health Fair Director of Corporate Wellness Partnerships, “the traditional motivation for employers to have workplace wellness programs has been ‘what is my ROI’ (Return on Investment), i.e. for every $1.00 invested in wellness programs the employer expects to get back $1.00 plus $X.00 back over a measurable time.” More recently employers are realizing that the Value on Investment (VOI) of wellness programs may actually be as or more important than ROI.

Per a February 2016 report from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans “just over one-quarter (28%) of organizations are measuring their wellness program success with traditional ROI. Half are using at least one VOI measure to track success including:

  • employee engagement (30%)
  • turnover (22%)
  • absenteeism (18%)
  • productivity (17%)
  • recruitment/referral rates (13%).”

The report also states, “Positive VOI organization offerings include fitness and nutrition initiatives, screening and treatment programs, social and community events, stress and mental health offerings, and purpose and growth initiatives. Positive VOI wellness programs are also more likely to use a wide variety of wellness communication channels including seminars, speakers, testimonials, books, brochures, health fairs and social media.”

Provides Important Health Screenings

Biometric screening is defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “the measurement of physical characteristics such as height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and aerobic fitness that can be taken at the worksite and used as part of a workplace health assessment to benchmark and evaluate changes in employee health status over time. Screenings should be viewed as part of an overall health management program.” Just as important as what screenings are, is what screenings are not important. Biometric screenings are not a replacement for regular medical examinations or wellness visits with a health care provider.

If you think you may be interested in offering biometric screenings for your employees, there are two ways 9Health Fair can help with this.

  1. we can come to your office and do the screening there.
  2. Purchase vouchers for your employees to use at a 9Health Fair location of their choice.

“The health fairs have saved a few lives.  CDOT employs around 3300 people.  For a lot of them, this is the only way they will get their blood tested and get all the other screenings offered at the 9HealthFairs.  It’s because the fairs are free, and there are a lot of convenient locations, and times.” – Louis Avgeris, Colorado Department of Transportation

Community Partnership Your Employees Trust

According to Dodder, “As America’s largest not-for-profit community-based health fair, 9Health Fair can provide individuals, employers and their employees with low cost – high value, credible screenings two times per year at over 100 different locations across Colorado.” For both employers and employees, 9Health is more acceptable than health plan programs, which are often viewed with suspicion and traditionally have low uptake rates in the 20% range.  For employee participants, 9Health Fair provides a more independent, wellness perspective (rather than healthcare) that is flexible, mobile and provides a way to verify just how “well” the individual is without having to take the time to see a doctor.

If you’re interested in the value biometric screenings can give your employees and your business, visit our Workplace Wellness page for more information.