Health care costs spur interest in wellnessWhile business owners may not be able to control or predict the future of health care, many are turning to wellness programs to improve employee health and reduce risks. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed (64 percent) offer some form of wellness benefit to their employees.“With lingering ambiguity around health care reform, the challenge of managing health care costs can be overwhelming for owners of small and mid-sized businesses,” Friedrich said. “Business owners are seizing opportunities to take action amidst this uncertainty and experiencing positive results.” Among businesses that offer wellness benefits, almost one-third (32 percent) have experienced lower health insurance costs. Business owners report wellness programs have contributed in other ways:
- Employees are more productive at work (47 percent),
- Increased employee retention (42 percent),
- Less time away from work (37 percent)
- Better employee engagement (36 percent).