by Kate Lister
The bottom line impact of wellness is clear, it needs to be a strategic priority. Stockholders would demand it, if they understood that increases in productivity brought about by improved wellness outstrip even real estate costs. Most organizations invest in wellness, but few address the broader topic of well-being. The indirect costs of poor health and poor well-being trump direct costs by a wide margin. There is a direct relationship between well-being and healthcare costs, productivity and more. Globally the top drivers of well-being initiatives are increasing productivity, improving engagement, reduced absenteeism. In the U.S., reducing healthcare costs is top priority. Workplace strategies that address employee’s physical, emotional, and social well-being increase employee engagement.