....the bottom line on employee wellness programs

"Business outcomes include lower absenteeism, higher job satisfaction and work productivity, higher employee retention, and lower health care costs. Given the variety in types of wellness programs, it’s difficult to pinpoint precise financial benefits, but one 2012 review of 62 studies, published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, found 25 percent lower sick leave, health plan, workers’ compensation, and disability insurance costs among companies that had wellness programs. And a 2014 Harvard Business Review study of 20 companies found an average annual health care cost increase of 1-2% for companies with wellness programs, compared to the 7% national average.

http://fortune.com/2015/04/13/corporate-wellness/ http://chapmaninstitute.com/articles/05_TAHP_26_4_Meta_Evaluation_2012.pdf

 

"return on investment in respect of the reduction of medical costs is between 1: 2.3 - 5.9"

Aldana S. Financial impact of health promotion programs: a comprehensive review of the literature.

American Journal of Health Promotion, 2001;15(15):296

 

"there is growing evidence that the cost-benefit ratio ranges from $1.50 to $6.15 for every dollar invested"

Burton J. The business case for a healthy workplace. Mississauga, Canada: Industrial Accident Prevention Association, 2008:7

http://www.iapa.ca/main/Resources/resources_downloads.aspx#healthy accessed 23 July 2009

 

"absenteeism dropped after the introduction of the health promotion programme" …"savings of $5.07 for every dollar invested" …"medical care costs dropped after the introduction of a health promotion programme and the 10 studies which reported cost benefit ratios averaged savings of $3.93 for every dollar invested.”

Aldana S. Financial impact of health promotion programs: a comprehensive review of the literature.

American Journal of Health Promotion, 2001;15(15):296. http://healthpromotionjournal.com/mm5/merchant.mvc? abstract only accessed 11 July 2009

 

“For health care costs, the studies assume a cost-benefit ratio (return on investment, ROI) of 1:2.3 to 1:5.9. The savings for absenteeism are stated as 1:2.5 and/or 1:4.85 to 1:10.1.”

Sockoll I, Kramer I, Bödeker W.

Effectiveness and economic benefits of workplace health promotion and prevention. iga-Report 13e, 2009 page 54.