Nutrition Expertise

Employee Wellness Programs: Are They Worth the Investment?

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) predicts that every time a business replaces a salaried employee, it costs them 6-9 months salary. It is expensive to recruit and train a new employee.

Wellness programs are doing some exciting things. The trend is to take on more of a well being approach. Programs are thinking beyond an employees’ physical health – offering nutrition counseling, encouraging physical activity during the workday, providing stress management and even financial management services. Some are even offering on site healthy lunch and snacking options. They are creating workplaces that provide social connectedness.  In essence, they are creating a work community and culture that values health and wellbeing.  That is awesome.

As a health professional, I am excited about the evolution of the worksite wellness industry. An effective wellness program should be tailored to the needs of the employees within a specific company. It must identify what employees want, what motivates them, what enlists them and what makes them happy while they are at work. Programs should be supportive and encouraging.  Companies that take care of each other will take care of business.

There is a lot of opportunity in the employee wellness industry. Opportunity for companies to invest in their employees’ well-being and improve retention, opportunity for employees to access programs that positively impact their health and lifestyle behaviors, and opportunity for health professionals to continue to educate and lead people to healthier, happier lives. Whether the ROI is in objective health measurements or decreased recruitment and training costs, the real ROI is a dedicated, qualified, committed employee who is well.]]>


Sarah Marjoram