The objective of the Wellness Program is to cater to the health and well-being of employees. This is not only beneficial to the employee but also to the employer in terms of increased productivity and reduction in sick days taken off from work. The benefits of a holistic wellness program which actively promotes employee health and inclusive work practices can be substantial in terms of time, money savings and increase in productivity.
Most chronic diseases are associated with lifestyle practices. Among these are heart disease, cancer, and other chronic debilitating diseases such as diabetes. However, infectious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis, also fall under these ailments. Contemporary lifestyle practices may be an associated factor in the development and progression of these diseases.
Research also shows that the management of stress-related occupational health problems such as depression and other associated conditions can result in significant financial benefits to the company through lower attrition rates and increased productivity.
Education and sensitization regarding the prevention and management of these diseases and the promotion of inclusive work practices may ultimately reduce mortality rates, improve quality of life, including work-life, and make better use of financial resources.
Additionally, screening programs for early detection and assessment of risk factors for these diseases and conditions may prove a valuable component of the educational program. Early detection reduces absenteeism, often reduces cost of treatment, and improves the prognosis.