LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS
The increasing costs of providing employee medical care has eroded profits in all industries. Overwhelming evidence in the medical community now supports the benefits of preventative care such as regular exercise in combating these escalating costs.
General Electric’s 18-month study of fitness program members showed a 38% decrease in health care spending versus a 21% increase in costs for non-participants.
A study of Steelcase employees reported 55% lower annual health care claims for fitness program participants.
In a Canadian government study, 47% of participants in an employee fitness program at the Canada Life Assurance Company reported that they felt more alert, had better rapport with co-workers and generally enjoyed there work more.
Fitness promotion programs are associated with a reduction in costly employee absenteeism. Healthier and more motivated employees spend a far greater number of productive hours at work each year.
DuPont reduced absenteeism by 47.5% over 6 years when 29,315 blue-collar employees enrolled in a fitness program at 4 sites.
General Mills calculated that a reduction in absenteeism resulted in a payback of over $3 for each dollar spent on its health promotion program in 1985 and 1986.
One of the primary benefits of regular exercise is the reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression. Exercise fosters an improvement in mood and feelings of well-being.
A Johnson & Johnson study found that employee attitude changes were greater at health promotion worksites with significant positive attitude changes noted in the categories of organizational commitment, supervision, working conditions, job security, and compensation.
Fitness specializes in the implementation and management of customized fitness programs that can provide tremendous benefits to your organization and its employees. Among the primary benefits of a fit and healthy workforce are increased productivity, lower absenteeism, higher morale, and lower health care costs
As the American business community continues to streamline operations, worker productivity becomes more crucial to corporate success. Worksite fitness programs enhance employee effectiveness providing a competitive edge.
A NASA study reported that employees who participated in regular exercise worked at full efficiency for the entire day, while average employees lost 50% efficiency for the final two hours. Participants also demonstrated increased concentration and decision-making abilities.
Dallas Police noted a 39% increase in commendations after a fitness-lifestyle program was introduced to officers.