Less than a third of Americans are satisfied with their job. An unhappy or unhealthy work environment is bad for both companies and employees. In an unhealthy work environment, it is likely that employees are less productive, experience higher absenteeism and have a higher risk of chronic diseases. In response, employers should consider implementing a well-thought-out workplace health program that benefits both the employee's health and the employer's results.
Below we will discuss the benefits of health programs in the workplace and how to create and design one that lays the foundation for future business growth.
4 Benefits of a health program
- Reduces healthcare costs: Weight gain can lead to chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. An on-the-job health program educates employees about their risk factors and is a more proactive approach to reducing healthcare costs and providing the support employees need to start their well-being.
- Achieve higher employee productivity: When an employee feels their best, their motivation increases and the employee is more likely to achieve higher productivity.
- Increasing employee retention: Although a workplace health program is only part of what inspires employee retention, it is a crucial factor. Health programs help employees feel supported, balanced and satisfied with their job.
- Reducing workers' compensation and disability costs: A healthy lifestyle is an important factor in injury prevention. It is much cheaper to take proactive measures to support and increase your employee's health and well-being than to wait for workplace injuries.
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] How to create an occupational health program
Step 2: Get management support
Step 3: Set up a health committee
Step 4: Develop goals and objectives
Step 5: Creating a Budget
Step 6: Design Health Program Components
Step 7: Choose Health Program Incentives or Rewards
Step 8: Communicate the Health Plan
Step 9: Evaluate the Success of the Program  Evaluation of the Workplace Health Program in the workplace can benefit both the company and the employees. When employees are at their best, employees' health care costs are reduced, which saves the company money on renewal benefits. Productivity is also increasing, leading to additional revenue.
Implementing a health program in the workplace is an important aspect of improving the health and morale of employees. It is important that you continue to communicate your company's health benefits to employees and to share resources from the program that are available to them. Continue to evaluate your workplace health program and make tweaks based on feedback to have a successful program year after year.
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