SUCCESS IN SAVINGS
Companies large and small all over the US have seen positive changes in their employees and year-end totals by integrating wellness programs into their operations. Take a look at these high profile success stories:
JOHNSON & JOHNSON
Johnson & Johnson jumped on the corporate wellness bandwagon early on. They have one of the longest standing corporate wellness programs in the country. Their leading officials estimate the wellness programs enacted with employees saved the company over $250 million between 2002 and 2008; that’s a return of $2.71 for every dollar spent on wellness.
L.L. Bean also instituted a company sponsored wellness program long before it was a buzzword. 30 years ago, company president Leon Gorman already believed “A business is in a unique and responsible position to effectively enhance the well-being of its employees.” What began as a single on-site gym has 30 years later blossomed into an all-encompassing, flourishing, employee driven program. Their senior management teams are visibly active in participating in the program right alongside employees. Through their programs, the company has seen improvement in employee health risks and a reduction in health care costs while keeping their participation rate extremely high. Since introducing their new and improved “Healthy Lifestyles Program” in 2007, they have claimed an ROI ranging from 1.7-5.3 on the dollar.
Citibank’s Health Management Program, established in 1994, is targeted at optimizing employee health, productivity, and reducing or stabilizing cost associated with employee illness and/or injury for its 51,000 US employees. Research has shown that for every dollar put towards their programming activities, they’ve seen a return $4.56-$4.73 in saved health care expenditures,
Coca-Cola reported their savings to be $500 per employee per year through their implementation of a fitness program (of which approximately 60% of employees participate).
Miller-Coors, by incorporating fitness programs, reduced the employee absenteeism by 18% according to Wellness Proposals.
Safeway’s Corporate Wellness Program operates on the insight that 70% of all health care costs are a direct result of behavior. Their programs are targeted at changing that behavior and preventing disease from setting in. As US Enterprise Medical Director Dr. Peter Wald of Safeway put it, the company redefined its core business from “a grocery company with a wellness program,” to “a wellness company that happens to sell groceries.” Doing so has helped them keep their health care costs flat while many other companies have watched them rise..
ALL IN ALL
In all of these scenarios, the company first had to identify the issues impacting their workforce. Through a corporate wellness program and dedication, they were able to successfully able to turn things around so their employees could live healthier, more fulfilled lives and also save the company from further unnecessary expense. On-Site Yoga with NAVAWELL can be a great first step to take your company the same direction or give you the extra edge you need to boost your already existing program into overdrive.