While there is no simple solution to the nation’s growing health crisis, it is evident that if everyone were to become physically active, the savings for individuals, employers, and the nation would be dramatic. Working adults spend a substantial portion of their week in the workplace. In 2014, U.S. employees were on the job an average of 7.8 hours per day, or about one-half of their waking hours. This makes the workplace a useful and practical setting for introducing health and wellness-related initiatives that will benefit employees and their families, as well as employers.
Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with a qualifying wellness program can lower healthcare premiums up to 30% to encourage and reward participation. Companies also can offer employees incentives for participating in educational seminars or biometric screenings, as long as they are not tied to specific outcomes or results. Proven corporate wellness programs, like the ones offered at acac, are a win-win for all involved.
What is corporate wellness? Corporate wellness, or workplace wellness, includes ongoing programs and services companies offer to help employees identify, reduce, and prevent health issues that can interfere with not only productivity at work, but overall quality of life. Because regular exercise can help prevent and treat a broad spectrum of common health problems, initiatives that help employees become more physically active are particularly desirable. At acac, corporate memberships are offered to participating companies’ employees at a discounted rate. An introductory program, such as acac’s 60-day/$60 physician referred exercise program (p.r.e.p.), is also available as a low-cost way to get employees started with exercise.
What’s in it for the company? Corporate wellness programs can boost a company’s bottom line and workforce morale. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has reported that health club memberships are the #1 requested benefit by employees across the nation. This type of benefit goes a long way when recruiting new talent to your company and increasing retention rates among current employees. Furthermore, fitter employees perform better, are more likely to find satisfaction in their jobs, and are absent from work less often.
What about the employee? Exercise and the overall benefits of a wellness program have proven to give employees more energy and vigor for their job and personal lives, not to mention the camaraderie that stems from exercising and staying fit with your friends at work! When provided with tools and resources to improve their wellbeing, employees are empowered to take control of unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. Can you imagine the impact a healthier, happier community of employees has on a workplace?
At acac, our promise is to help you “Live Your Best.” We are excited to help our members realize improved health and wellness in a supportive and motivating environment. Working together, not only will your employees live their best, but employers will lead companies that are truly at their best. If we can improve health across America one employee and one corporation at a time, then we at acac are fulfilling our company mission.Corporate wellness at acac is a true partnership.
To find out how your company can Live Your Best, contact David James, our West Chester and Exton, PA Corporate Wellness Director.
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