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Research and Statistical Findings.

There is a wealth of emerging evidence indicating that successful health and wellbeing programs provide an excellent return on investment.

On average wellness programs:

> decrease sick leave absenteeism by 25.3%
> decrease workers compensation costs by 40.7%
> decrease disability management costs by 24.2%; and
> save $5.81 for every $1 invested in employee health and wellbeing.

Chapman, L.S 2007, Proof Positive. An Analysis of the Cost Effectiveness of Worksite Wellness, Seattle: Chapman Institute, cited in HAPIA, Best-Practice Guidelines: Workplace Health in Australia, 15 July 2011.

 

Workplace health and wellbeing programs can significantly improve the health of employees.  Australian Government Comcare “Benefits to business report” 2011.

 

Research on the relationship between health and productivity finds healthy workers are more productive at work than unhealthy workers.

Mills, P 2005, The Vielife/IHPM Health and Performance Research Study, 1 July 2011.

 

An Australian study considered the combined effects of self-rated work performance and absenteeism. The data suggests the healthiest employees are almost three times more effective than the least healthy, with the healthiest employees working approximately 143 effective hours per month compared to 49 effective hours per month by the least healthy.

LaMontagne, A.D and Keegel, T.G 2010, What organisational/employer level interventions are effective for preventing and treating occupational stress? A Rapid Review for the Institute for Safety, Compensation & Recovery Research, 29 July 2011

 

Chronic diseases; which include arthritis, musculoskeletal disease, depression and anxiety, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and hypertension, is considered to be largely preventable, and is identified as the prime cause of lost work time in the working-age population.

World Economic Forum 2008, Working Towards Wellness:The Business Rationale, 1 July 2011.

 

Health and wellbeing programs help to attract quality employees who value personal health and wellbeing and assist in retaining existing staff members. Roll out of programs has the potential to improve workplace culture as well as workplace health by developing a closer congruence between employer and employee values—increasing the satisfaction level of employees.

Crowther, I, Thwaites, M and Zhou, J 2004, Measuring the benefits of corporate health & wellbeing initiatives, 25 July 2011.

 

Global research has found that when employee health and wellness is managed well the percentage of engaged employees increases from 7% to 55%.This research also found self-reported creativity and innovation increases from 20% to 72%.

Right Management 2009, Wellness and Productivity Management: A New Approach to Increasing Performance, 15 July 2011.

 

When employees at work are not fully functioning due to illness or a medical condition, it is estimated the cost to the employer is between three and four times that of absenteeism. 

Australian Government Comcare “Benefits to business report” 2011.

 

In 2005-06 the cost of presenteeism to the Australian economy was estimated to be 25.7 billion

"Sick at work" Medibank private study. 2007.

 

Workplace stress is costing the Australian economy $14.81 Billion a year.
"The Cost of Workplace Stress in Australia. Stress related Presenteeism and absenteeism are directly costing Australian Businesses $10.1 Billion each year. 3.2 days per worker are lost each year due to workplace stress


"The Cost of Workplace Stress in Australia" Medibank private Workplace Health Report 2008.

 

Healthy employees are nearly three times more productive than unhealthy employees. Unhealthy employees take up to nine times more sick days than their healthy colleagues. Poor employee health and absenteeism is costing Australian business more than 7 billion dollars annually


"The health of Australia's workforce" Medibank private report 2005

 

53% of Australian workers feel overwhelmed with stress and pressure most of the time. Work related stress cost Australian business over 200 billion annually..


"The health of Australia's workforce" Medibank private report 2005


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