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GMO's You're Hired: Importance of Work Site Wellness Programs

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Employers can also benefit from work site wellness programs.

According to recent research, employers' benefits are:

•Enhanced recruitment and retention of healthy employees

•Reduced healthcare costs

•Decreased rates of illness and injuries

•Reduced employee absenteeism

•Improved employee relations and morale

•Increased productivity

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report reveals that at work sites
with Wellness programs, employers have:

•Reduced healthcare costs by 20 to 55 percent

•Reduced short-term sick leave by six to 32 percent

•Increased productivity by two to 52 percent

The work site organizational culture and environment are powerful influences on
behavior. This needs to be put to use as a means of assisting employees to adopt a
healthier lifestyle. Benefits of work site wellness programs for employees include:

•Weight reduction

•Improved physical fitness

•Increased stamina

•Lower levels of stress

•Increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem

Activity needs to become a part of who you are - it is easy to become sedentary in
our society.

•Stand 2 minutes for each 20 minutes we sit.

•Park further out in parking lots

•Take the stairs

•Walk to the farthest restroom

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