The Willis Health and Productivity Survey Report 2015 was released earlier this week, and the findings about workplace wellness programs were unsurprising. Namely – employers want more for their money.
There is positivity in the report, however, with Willis referring to 2015 as a “watershed year” for worksite wellness programs.
The report states that many employers have come to grips with the idea that an immediate ROI is difficult to be achieved in a short amount of time after starting a worksite wellness program. Instead, they’re shifting their focus to VOI (Value on Investment) of different aspects of their work culture that can be achieved through a quality worksite wellness program. Aspects of work culture like presenteeism, loyalty, and tenure are being improved by providing a workplace that values wellness.
ROI is still a major concern for many employers, though, and a focus on reducing medical costs of employees still weighs heavily on many employers’ minds in terms of what they expect from a wellness program.
In terms of whether or not there is merit in having a worksite wellness program, the consensus among those polled for the Willis report seems to be a resounding “Yes.”