A Case Study in Workplace Wellness: Rehmann Group
We all know a healthier workforce is a more productive workforce. The Saginaw-based Rehmann Group agrees. The tax-planning and financial consulting services group believed in supporting changes to help its 600+ employees live a healthy lifestyle. By working with BCBSM wellness consultants, the company is a thriving example for how other companies can incorporate our wellness tools for group customers, including our online health assessment, access to health coaches, and workplace wellness challenges like Win by Losing.
In a recent interview with Accounting Today, Rehmann CEO said his firm’s mantra is “Be better, not bigger.” A commitment to employee wellness is just one way Rehmann is working to be better every day.
In this video, see Lee Ann Maurer, benefits administrator at Rehmann, discussing the various wellness initiatives the company has already implemented, and how they plan to expand their efforts in the future.
Why You Should Care About Wellness in the Workplace
The cost of health care continues to rise at an alarming rate, jumping more than 10 percent each year for the past several years and employers are very concerned about these sharp increases. A substantial amount of the money spent in the health care system goes toward treating chronic conditions and illnesses that can often be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. It’s estimated that nearly 50-70 percent of all diseases are associated with conditions that may be prevented with healthier behaviors.
As a nation, roughly 95% of the $2 trillion we spend on health care goes directly to medical services, while only 5% of our health care dollars go toward preventing disease and promoting individual health.
Benefits of Workplace Wellness
Many businesses have implemented or are interested in developing health promotion and prevention programs. The benefits of workplace wellness include:
- Improving employee health
- Reducing preventable health care utilization and lowering health care costs
- Enhancing work performance
- Improving employee satisfaction and retention
While it’s difficult for many employers to benefit in the short-term or directly quantify results of workplace wellness programs, the big-picture benefits are well documented: more than 150 different research studies that have been conducted repeatedly show themes such as improvements in health outcomes coupled with high returns on investment (ROI) for employers.
An employee wellness program can affect productivity, absenteeism, morale, recruitment success, turnover, and medical care costs too.
What are you doing to help build a culture of wellness at your workplace?