This is Part 3 of a three-part series.
Click here to see Part 1 - The Stats
Click here to see Part 2 - The Research
Part Three: The Research/Conclusion
A decline in employee health is a clear sign of an off kilter work-life balance. Conversely, in a study published in 2010 researchers found that flexible working conditions "were found to improve health (including blood pressure, tiredness, mental health, and sleep quality) and/or well-being (co‐workers' social support and sense of community).”Moreover, the need for work from home options is as equally important to employers as it is to employees. Giving employees an option to work from home increases their attendance, loyalty, and happiness. It decreases company cost for office space, supplies, and even utilities, while also decreasing employee cost in time and the expense to commute. If this is not an option all the time, many companies have opted to allow employees to work from home a few days a week and provide shared office space for required in-office hours. Of course, having the ability to set your own work schedule, opt for early or partial retirement, or set a balance of working remotely and in the office is not always an option, so employers should seek alternative actions in order to place value on employee work-life balance.
What else can positively impact employee health and work-life balance?
According to an analysis of various studies published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, researchers found that on-site and off-site wellness initiatives, both fitness and comprehensive, had a positive impact on employee absenteeism and job satisfaction. That is why Wellview Health acknowledges that life is busy. Which is why we bring simple, convenient access to all the health services you need, when you need them most. Wellview is the one-stop resource for all things health. Wellview offers 99% consumer satisfaction with up to 91% consumer engagement. Providing personalized services in diabetes education, personal training, nutrition consulting, mental health counseling, and health coaching, Wellview Health has a 20.2% claims cost differential for employers. These consumer based services in addition to specialty health and well-being programs sets this preferred corporate wellness company apart in a once cold and depersonalized industry.
To be a company who places value on the employee, a positive work-life balance is critical. Further research and innovative approaches are needed, but the existing solutions that have reported positive outcomes should be considered, including a balance of work from home and office work hours, flexible hours for self scheduling, early retirement options and Corporate Wellness support under the umbrella of a personalized approach company. These solutions, paired with additional general health and wellness partnerships, will have a significant positive impact on employer based outcomes and employee health and well-being. Click HERE to learn more about the Wellview services available to you. We can’t wait to work with you!
– CASEY EDMONDS, CHWC, CPT, CMS
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