By helping employees reduce their health-risk factors, wellness programs can reduce the need for medical services and procedures, lowering overall health care costs.
Research shows that employers can save an average of $210 per employee per year if health risks are prevented and individuals stay in the low-to-moderate risk
categories. (Low risk is having fewer than two factors.)
To be effective for employees and employers, a workplace wellness program needs to incorporate seven benchmarks:
- Capture senior leadership support — commitment from leadership is essential.
- Create cohesive wellness teams — distribute responsibility throughout your organization.
- Collect data to drive health efforts — determine specific areas that need attention.
- Craft an operating plan — develop a tailored plan for your organization.
- Choose appropriate interventions — select programs to address areas.
- Create a supportive environment — offer incentives and create a wellness culture.
- Evaluate outcomes — identify changes in participation, behavior, costs.
PDRMA offers wellness programs for our members that foster and support these benchmarks, creating the opportunity for our members and their employees to benefit from reduced health risks with better quality of life and reduced claims.