Corporate wellness programmes have been proved to save organisations money by reducing absenteeism – but new research from the University of California has shown they also improve productivity by the equivalent of one additional work day per month for each participant.
The study gathered health and productivity data from 111 workers employed at several laundry plants over three years. A free voluntary wellness programme was offered to the employees.
Those who signed up for the scheme were offered a simple health exam and survey. They were given personalised information about their current health, and recommendations for improving it.
Researchers found that participation in the programme increased average worker productivity by more than 5 per cent. Those who did more exercise and changed their diet saw the biggest improvement in productivity.
Researcher Timothy Gubler says: “The result is healthier and happier employees who are not only less expensive and less absent, but also more productive.”