Why Corporate Wellness?

“Our mission is to inspire, educate and improve the lives of your employees, as reflected in their positive attitude and contribution to not only their work, but their lives in general”

In an age of corporate cost cutting, health insurance for employees rank as the faster growing cost component for employers. Companies are projected to pay $11,612 per employee healthcare cost in 2012 up from $6,385 in 2003. Interestingly, the retail price of a medium size family car will reflect $1500 of health care costs! When employers consider implementing a well-planned wellness program for their employees they need to view this as an investment as opposed to expenditure. Why?. Simply for every dollar invested an employer can expect a $5.82 return. This is quantified by a reduction in absenteeism, increased productivity, reduced employee turnover and reduced health care costs. The key to a successful program is getting those considered ‘high risk’ involve`d in exercise and nutritional guidance. “High risk’ employees usually meet three of the following criteria. They are smokers, overweight, high blood pressure, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, stressed and have high levels of job and life dissatisfaction.

Extensive studies have shown that participants in physical activity programs report:

o  Exercise helps them achieve higher mental concentration and feel more alert

o  They enjoy work more than non-participants and it boosts their morale

o  Exercise improves reaction time, memory and decision-making ability

o  They are more productive, have more stamina and are sick less offer

o  Exercise induces sounder sleep and they handle stress better

o  They have better rapport with co-workers and enjoy work more

Conclusions of these and many other reports suggest that the question is no longer whether companies should get into employee fitness programs, but how best to design and implement for optimal results. Over 80% of companies polled cited that lack of resources and staffing were the main reasons for not implementing a corporate fitness program.

Protect your bottom line

Healthcare cost comparisons only serve to highlight the difference between fit and unfit employees. For example, workers compensation claims per 100 employees who were obese totaled $51,021 compared to 100 workers with normal body weight which were $7,503. Workers compensation costs for smokers totaled an average $2.189 per person compared to $176 for non-smokers. Members of fitness programs filed 34% less workers compensation claims than those employees who did not adopt any kind of exercise or wellness program.

 Many corporate wellness programs will adopt ‘work hardening’ exercise regimens that will strengthen the muscles required for frequently performed job tasks in repetitive manual occupations. Even for clerical or executive employees sitting at a desk for several hours a day puts strain on various systems in the body.

 Smart employers are providing various incentives for their employees not to be just members of gym but to actually use that membership as part of a corporate wellness program. It pays!

How do you get more information about Crossbridge Fitness Corporate Wellness Program?

Contact Keith Thomas, Crossbridge Fitness Owner, at 985-839-2626. Crossbridge Fitness will be happy to meet with you regarding establishing a Corporate Wellness Program at your business, organization or social group.

Click here to download complete Wellness program (pdf file).

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