every dollar spent on wellness programs saves $3.17 in corporate medical costs.*
Absenteeism costs fall by $2.73 for every dollar spent on wellness programs.*
At 6 months, electronic staff records showed that yoga participants missed a total of 2 working days due to musculoskeletal conditions compared with 43 days for usual care participants.**
The risk for long-term dropout from work decreased by nearly 60 %, the mental and physical workability increased, as well as the hours participants returned back to work.***
Maintaining established wellness programs is imperative as costs continue to decrease over time, benefiting both the employer and employee.
BENEFITS TO EMPLOYER:
Decreases reliance on health insurance benefits
Lower rates of absenteeism and increases productivity
Encourages management of chronic disease
BENEFITS OF MOVEMENT:
Boosts energy levels
Sharpens focus and concentration leading to increased productivity
Improves response to stress and psychological health
Elevates affect which increases motivation and staff synergy
Remediates effects of sitting, improves posture and promotes overall health and wellbeing
Reduces pain of individuals with musculoskeletal conditions
BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS:
Enhances attention and cognitive function establishing peace of mind and equanimity
Improves psychological health by alleviating anxiety and depression
Promotes better sleep quality
Improves affect and mood regulation
Provides stress relief and coping skills for how individuals react to conflict
Creates a positive work environment
BENEFITS OF BREATHWORK:
Improves inflammatory biomarkers, prevents and manages metabolic conditions and chronic diseases
Brings clarity of mind resulting in sharpened focus and concentration
Reduces stress levels and reactions to stress in the workplace
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