Wellness programs can significantly improve productivity

by: Nichole Gunn April 14, 2010

A recent study conducted by MetLife has uncovered that due to the economic crisis employers are increasingly focusing their attention on employee health benefits.

Employee benefits are highly important; 82% of surveyed participants stated that work/life balance programs would improve their productivity.

Moreover, 81% of employees who stated they are highly satisfied with their benefits,  were also satisfied with their jobs compared to only 23% who are not satisfied with their benefits but are satisfied with their jobs.

Executive Vice President, U.S. Business, MetLife, Anthony J. Nugent stated that, “organizations are searching for ways to maximize their benefits programs to improve employee productivity as well as control costs." Nugent continued by saying that "programs that help improve employee health and financial security can be strategic tools for helping address these objectives."

“More than ever before, employers are recognizing the value of a healthy workforce and are viewing wellness programs as an investment to help address their business objectives,” says Dr. Ronald Leopold, Vice President, U.S. Business, MetLife.

According to the study, 48% of employers said that wellness programs are "very effective" at improving productivity.

MetLife's study concludes that wellness programs have a very good chance of influencing productivity, which would ultimately result in a "win-win" for both employers and employees.