Workplace Wellness: Not Just About the Dollars

February 21, 2014 by Kathy Nellor

I recently read a post on LinkedIn by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with the above title. I’ve been in the health and wellness field for almost 20 years and I have to say that it was so refreshing to see this post.  When organizations begin to research and consider implementing a wellness program – leaders can sometimes get stuck in the rut of only looking at the healthcare costs as the bottom-line benefit.  Or consider it as a reaction to rising healthcare costs.  When in reality, workplace wellness programs actually cast a much wider net.  To quote Risa… “Companies committed to nurturing a culture of wellbeing look for lower turnover rates, a wider choice of top candidates for job openings, fewer absences, and increases in sales and productivity. They measure job satisfaction, recruitment, and retention of workers.”  I encourage you to read this post – by following this link.   

 

Tags:  workplace wellness, bottom-line, culture