Earlier this month, I talked about fitness in the workplace.
I backed up my assertions by listing 18 research-documented benefits of being physically fit—not only in the workplace but just for life in general.
If you're like me, you may have been thinking: well, where's the data? I have a pretty heavy science background, so naturally I am very data-oriented. You have evidence, you say? Show me the data! Said just like Jerry Maguire says: "Show me the money!"
1.) The American Institute for Preventive Medicine's review of published studies on workplace wellness programs found that the average cost/benefit ratio is $1.00/$3.48. So for every dollar spent on a wellness program, the company MAKES $3.48. <--that alone should be enough motivation to get a program going!
2.) Company benefits generally begin to accrue about 6-18 months after a wellness program is implemented.
The tangible benefits:
Decreased health care costs. A 2005 review of 25 studies found that companies with wellness programs had an average of 26.1% lower healthcare costs! Keep in mind that some of the most common causes of disease are strongly related to lifestyle factors.
Lower absenteeism. That same 2005 review found an average reduction in absences to be 26.8%!
Reduced injury. A review of 32 studies found that incidence of injury declined by 21.8% in businesses with corporate wellness programs.
Improved productivity. An average of 64% of participants in a workplace wellness program demonstrated significant improvements in work productivity.
I'll let the data speak for itself. But the same goes: physical fitness and all-around health go hand-in-hand with productivity.
How can you ignore the data? It's simple: you can't. And if you do, you are really only hurting yourself (and depending on your position, possibly your company and/or employees).
Expect to see more about what I'm learning in this business class. A future project that already caught my eye? Stress management! <--I know I could always use ways to cope with stress!
And on a lighter note, how about some breakfast?
2 eggs whites + 1 egg scrambled with:
- kidney beans (love throwing these in everything!)
- yellow peppers
- a little feta
And a toasted Arnold thin topped with apple butter + cinnamon for some carbs!
And I’m off for a day of donut-delivering, quiz-taking, and researching.
When I say “research,” I mean that I am sitting at the computer in the Cognitive Research Lab.
Right now we’re still developing the stimuli, but soon we’ll be running subjects! Can’t wait.
Okay, so the floral shirt isn’t helping my Granny-status, huh?
Have a great day guys!
Daily dose of Georgie (he’s camping out in Adam’s hamper):
There’s still time to enter my larabar giveaway!