Why Your Office Health and Wellness Programs Fail
Office health and wellness programs matter. Every dollar spent on workplace wellness programs reduces health care costs for employers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health-related absenteeism also costs the economy $84 billion in lost productivity every year.
So, why doesn’t every employer have an awesome health and wellness program? And why do so many health and wellness programs fail to deliver any appreciable
return on investment.
Reason No. 1: A Lack of Resources
Adis M Haber, CEO of Premier Mobile Spa, thinks she knows why. “I think most employers believe that [health and wellness programs are important] in principle, but in reality, there’s not a lot of resources given to them,” she says. “The reason for that is because there are things that are more pressing, such as profit or productivity. We know that employers don’t use wellness programs because they don’t see direct ROI from them.”
Time and time again, however, successful health and wellness programs do show ROI. Adis says that most employers don’t see the ROI because it’s often not immediate. For example, employers may not realize their gains in productivity are coming from lowered absenteeism rates. They may attribute the gains to other initiatives,
new processes, or talented employees.
Reason No. 2: Health and Wellness Doesn’t Fit Into Employees’ Schedules
According to Ernesto Alvarez, business solutions specialist at Premier Mobile Spa, a lot of health and wellness programs fail because they simply aren’t practical. Many health and wellness programs encourage employees to do things like go for a run or hit the gym. These suggestions aren’t exactly tailored to employees’ lifestyles and obligations.
“We’ve noticed through our user feedback that that doesn’t really fit in with someone’s normal workflow, especially in highly sedentary, highly stressful industries like law, finance, or IT, where people can’t really get away from their desks,” Alvarez says.
Alvarez says this is why Premier’s Mobile Spa new workplaces wellness massage program works.
“What we focus on is helping employers help their employees to build healthy lifestyles directly at work through Onsite Chair Massages between 10 and 15 minutes right in your office throughout the day,” Alvarez explains. their program aims to “augment employee workflow, rather than disrupt it.”
Reason No. 3: HR Just Doesn’t Have Time
Some HR departments don’t put resources into health and wellness programs because they fail to see the value of them, but other HR departments would love to introduce health and wellness programs — if only they had the time to. With talent acquisition, on boarding, continued training, and conflict resolution all vying for a given HR rep’s time, health and wellness programs get put on hold.
What these HR departments need is a simple and efficient program that almost runs itself, Adis says. She and Alvarez believe their onsite wellness massage is just such a program.
“To manage [Premier’s Mobile Spa Wellness program], they really need fifteen minutes per month, so it’s a really low-admin and high-impact program,” Adis says. “Our value proposition to admins and HR at any firm is the fact that we can free them up to do what they should be doing more strategically, which is more about
talent search and retention of talent and keeping their star players on the field longer.”
Speaking of retention, Alvarez believes that lower turnover is yet another benefit of properly implemented health and wellness programs.
“Employers are realizing now that their competitive advantage is really in their people,” Alvarez says. “HR especially is now focusing on health as a strategy to retain new employees by saying, ‘Hey, we’re a company that cares about our employees’ health and we take care of them.’”
Premier Mobile Spa Massage Wellness Program boosts productivity, retains talent, and lowers health care costs. If your program is failing — or worse, you don’t have one — you’ll want to address that immediately.