Do your corporate clients have wellness programs or are thinking of adding wellness programs?
If your answer is “yes,” then you are in good company.
Wellness programs are becoming more prevalent within organizations and are commonly designed to encourage healthy behavior for a workforce and to improve health outcomes.
According to a 2012 survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, three out of five employers offer wellness programs. Many employers are focusing on chronic disease programs which currently drive significant health and disability costs for employers.
However, there is a prevalent issue that is undermining corporate wellness efforts…and you’d be surprised how common and devastating it is. This wellness killer is caregiving!
We don’t mean child care, we mean adult care, whether it be for our parents, spouse, siblings or close friends.
Today, this “wellness killer” causes the largest number of lost days on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, second only to maternity.
It is an issue that is responsible for more than $13 billion in additional corporate medical costs per year.
It is an issue that results in lost productivity, presenteeism, shift changes and experienced workers leaving the workforce all together.
It is an issue your clients’ employees often will not talk about, and it may affect their C-suite executives as much as it affects the front-line employees.
If a client’s employee population has an average age in the mid to upper-40s (the average age of a caregiver is 49), the client is likely experiencing this more than the owner of a company that has an average age in the 30s.