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Employee welfare vs productivity: balancing act or illusion?

By January 31, 2020 Wellness at work

 

Even the most cynical of managers must now concede that wellness programmes have a substantial benefit on the well-being of their employees and the fact that this helps to create a more pleasant working environment for everyone goes without saying.

‘That’s all well and good,’ you may object, ‘but will this bring my company benefits of another kind? Namely, productivity’. It’s a reasonable question and there is mounting evidence that the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. According to a recent study carried out by the University of California, employees who took part in a wellness programme showed increased productivity levels averaging around 11 %.  Surprisingly, even those employees whose health did not improve during the programme showed a 6% increase.

Here is the real clincher though and it’s worth quoting: ‘A recent meta-analysis found that each dollar spent on wellness programs saves $3.27 in health care costs and $2.73 in absenteeism costs’. So what’s the explanation for this? Firstly, healthy employees with more energy are willing and able to work harder. So far, so obvious.

However, it has also been shown that wellness programmes can further strengthen employees’ loyalty and commitment to their company. But what’s the best way to develop a reliable and effective wellness programme as quickly as possible? As with many aspects of modern life, technology could very well provide the answer.

A technology-based wellness programme could prove to be easier to implement than the alternatives. Hiring outsiders as part of your programme, for example, can prove to be something of a challenge. As well as being time consuming, finding the right person can be a difficult and frustrating affair.

Many bosses have nagging doubts about their effectiveness and reliability and, unfortunately, this is often based on bitter experience. However, using technology is an effective way to eliminate this problem. It’s easy to implement and there’s no waiting around while your employees suffer the consequences of the stress, anxiety and tiredness that are the all too familiar and unwelcome accompaniments to modern working life.

If you think you can find a human with the same qualities, then I’ d like to take this opportunity to wish you good luck.

OMG Welltech can help navigate your business through the highs and lows of wellness technology in the workplace. For an informal discussion about how OMG Welltech can help, book an appointment here.

Orange Monkey Group supply products for the wellbeing of the body and the mind to numerous channels including retail, health and education. We have made it our goal to improve people’s physical, mental and emotional health, an aim which is even more important to us than the previous heights towards which we have strived. For all too many, feeling good and sleeping well have become something of a luxury. Here at OMG however,  we are happy to be able to help our customers enjoy that luxury to the full.

We’re proud to be partnered with the Blink Mental health campaign and we will work hard to support the charity in various ways. It’s an exciting time for us as we get to help those who have been affected by issues that, sadly, any one of us could have the misfortune to experience in our ever more complicated lives.

Clive Norris

 

 

 

Written by Clive Norris
OMG Welltech – Manager for Social Happiness

Photo by Gustavo Torres on Unsplash

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