Why worksite wellness?
Employees spend about 36% of their 24-hour day at work. This makes a worksite the perfect venue to help promote healthy behaviors and decrease absenteeism. Over 63% of North Dakotans over the age of 16 are in the workforce. There are almost 24,000 businesses in the state which provide a captive audience. The Healthy People 2010 goal is to increase to 75% the proportion of worksites that offer comprehensive employee health.
How will worksite wellness help business? Just a few examples of savings per dollar spent on a wellness program:
- Bank of America - $5.96/$1
- Prudential Insurance - $2.90/$1
- General Mills - $3.50/$1
Poor health habits take a toll on business. Please consider the following statistics:
"It costs on average of $1300 for an employee who smokes per year in the U.S."
"Workplace alcohol, tobacco and other drug use costs U.S. companies over $100 million per year."
"Job stress is estimated to cost American industry $200 – 300 billion annually."
"National Safety Council estimates that 1 million employees are absent on an average workday because of stress related problems."
"In North Dakota, tobacco use and obesity costs exceed $550 million a year."