Workplace wellness programs were really gaining some momentum before the economy hit its rough patch in 2008. But new a new study shows that, even in tough economic times, such programs are more than worth the initial investment. From an employee perspective, good wellness programs offer various structures and outlets that make better physical and mental health possible: healthy eating choices, affordable and convenient exercise opportunities, access to counseling and therapy, stress-reduction mechanisms, and social support and camaraderie around using each of these resources. And from an employer’s perspective? Researchers have calculated that a well-run employee wellness program can yield a six-to-one return on investment: proof that overall wellness (which includes physical, mental, and emotional well-being) isn’t just a luxury: it’s a cornerstone for successful individuals and businesses.
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