Workplace wellness programs: Do they work?

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Article Sourced from: ABC Health & Wellbeing.  Image: Supplied

Experts say workplace wellness programs need to be evidence-based.

In recent years, the standing desk has become a trendy workplace accessory — one that seems to breed inexplicably overnight.

One day Phil from the IT helpdesk has one … and then suddenly, the entire office is hopping from foot to foot while chatting on the phone to a client.

But do they really improve our health, or make us more productive? Some studies indicate they do have benefits, but others are more sceptical.

In Australian workplaces, wellness initiatives are becoming a commonplace phenomenon.

And while standing desks, office yoga classes and gym memberships are all nice things to have on offer at work, the jury is still out on whether they actually make us healthier, or better at our jobs.

A growing body of research actually suggests that without a targeted and well thought out approach, workplace wellness initiatives often fail to yield results. But conversely, ignoring employee health costs money too. The cost of absenteeism in Australia is estimated at $7 billion each year, while presenteeism — defined as not fully functioning at work because of a medical condition — was recently estimated to cost the economy more than $34 billion a year.

Article By Scott Spark, Tegan Osborne

First posted 18 April 2016 at 11:06 am


“The more we focus on the importance of a structured workplace training program, the better the chances of seeing success for the employee and therefore the business” – John Field – Founder of 12WCC

The 12WCC (12 Week Corporate Challenge) focuses on delivering a structured workplace training program with a comprehensive reporting suite at the end of each campaign, helping provide businesses with a clear return on investment as well as a detailed measurement and evaluation for each employee.

To learn about how to implement the 12 Week Corporate Challenge with your business, go to 12wcc.com.au

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