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0 Comments | Apr 04, 2010

Wellness – How Much Cash Can You Save?

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Quite a lot, as it turns out. A few kind folks have done all of the grueling number crunching, and there’s only one conclusion to draw: if you don’t yet have a wellness program in place for your business or department, you’re probably burning cash by the bushel.

To wit: a 38 month case study of 23,000 participants in Citibank, N.A.’s health management program showed that within a 2 year period, Citibank realized a ROI between $4.56 and $4.73 per dollar invested in their various wellness initiatives.

One study of 72 wellness program articles concluded that health promotion programs achieve an average ROI of $3.48 when considering health care costs alone, $5.82 per $1 when examining absenteeism, and $4.30 when both outcomes are considered.

That means your balance sheet can start to get well on wellness.

And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. One of the easiest and most cost-effective methods to achieve meaningful heart disease risk reduction comes from a surprising source: vacation time off. Men who vacation are at 32% lower heart attack risk, and women vacationers are 53% less at-risk, according to the Framingham study results. Regular vacationers suffer far less from the adverse effects of workplace stress, produce more, miss less work, and file far fewer and less costly health claims.

It’s a no-brainer. And if you want to ensure that your folks actually get away during their time off, make a vacation health enhancement benefit available. A Vacation Wellness™ program encourages your staff to plan trips to killer destinations by taking care of all the details while offering deep discounts on total trip prices. It’s an affordable way to add big impact to your wellness offering.

We’ve done a ton of research on the subject of wellness in the workplace, and many of the results are counterintuitive and surprising. We’ve put them all together in a white paper. We hope it helps you make a bit more sense of the workplace wellness maze, and we hope you find the information useful and helpful.

Some of the most important things are also the simplest. We’re happy to report that an effective wellness offering falls in that category!

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Wellness has never been easier!

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