Enhancing your work-life
The term ‘Corporate Wellness’ is becoming more and more popular, but also more and more prevalent and important in a working person’s life and overall health. What is it really?
According to the Harvard Business Review, Corporate Wellness is defined as: “an organized, employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees (and, sometimes, their families) as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization’s bottom line.” 
Corporate Wellness programs benefit not only your employees, but also you as the employer.
To best illustrate why Corporate Wellness is important, let’s outline some of the expected outcomes. Healthy employees are happy employees. By participating in Corporate Wellness initiatives, employees have reported:
- - increase workplace satisfaction
- - increased morale
- - effective stress management strategies
- - decreased risk of chronic disease
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and obesity are said to be the most preventable type of disease. They are also most directly related to lifestyle choices. From an employer’s perspective, such diseases also account for 75% of healthcare costs. 
How does implementation of a wellness program work?
For every $1 spent on a Wellness program, medical costs drop by about $3.27. Absentee days also fall by about $2.73 for every $1 spent.  Other studies have shown a reduction of 28% in sick leave, 26% in medical costs and up to 30% in worker’s compensation claims. 
Additional benefits can include:
- Attracting talented workers
- Reducing absenteeism
- Improving on-the-job utilization
- Reducing turnover
- Improved disease management
Northfield contributes all the essential factors for a successful Corporate Wellness Program.
We provide educated guidance, unwaivering motivation and readily available support. These, coupled with our systematic evaluation and implementation of programming, is the foundation of a well-organized program. Even more importantly is employee involvement; without employee input and feedback, how would a program for them succeed? We take 4 steps to ensure that what we provide is in the interest of not only the employees but also the company.
- 1. In-person interview
- a. get a feel for the company and what you are looking for
- b. determine baseline values for measurables such as absenteeism and health care costs
- 2. Employee online survey
- a. based on the parameters set by the employer
- b. encourage feedback on preferencesc
- c. determine baseline measures for overall mental wellness
- 3. Develop a personalized business plan
- 4. Action!
- Expertly launch and maintain the Corporate Wellness program as outlined in the business plan