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October 26, 2011 / mike54martin

Workplace Wellness Programs Work!!!

Thanks to my friends at Conscious Success LLC for yet another report that shows that workplace wellness programs work. They have been working for about a year with CaLLogix, aNew Hampshirebased call center company, on absenteeism, attrition rates, and health care costs.  And the results are already in.

According to CaLLogix CEO Sherry Leonard, they have reduced absenteeism by 80%, reduced attrition by 50%, and cut heir health insurance premiums by 50%. Wow!! That is remarkable. But the fact is that these results are very similar to that experienced by both big and small companies all overNorth Americawho have implemented workplace wellness plans.

In addition to those basic bottom line results which are reported above, people at CaLLogix who participated in the Conscious Success program also reported a 17% decrease in stress levels, a 44% increase in focus, and a 37% increase in productivity.

The major elements of the wellness program at CaLLogix were a smoking cessation program (administered by a separate organization), stress reduction training and meditation breaks, health eating programs, theme days, customer service week and a 500+ Step Challenge where employees are encouraged to walk and keep track on pedometers that recorded 2,710 miles by participating staff.

In addition to introducing the program, management at CaLLogix have bought in as well, with special training and programs for supervisors and mandatory participation by management in group events and programs. They also play an important role in encouraging staff participation and acknowledging success.

Once again the results support the theory. If a company or organization invests in a workplace wellness program both they and their employees benefit. So if you are an employer what are you waiting for?

Next up…. How to start a workplace wellness program.

Hint: It’s kind of like how you eat an elephant.

Mike Martin is a freelance writer and consultant specializing in workplace wellness and conflict resolution. He is the author of “Change the Things You Can” (Dealing with Difficult People). For more information about Mike please visit:

www.changethethingsyoucan.wordpress.com

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