How does employee health affect the bottom line?

A Healthy Workforce Supports a Healthy Bottom Line

The data are unambiguous. A workplace that supports the health of its employees reaps the benefits. Some of these benefits are:

  • More productive
  • Miss far fewer days of work
  • Cost less for health care and disability
  • Have far lower rates of injury and illness
  • Actively engage in team-building and creative problem solving
  • Take on new projects with enthusiasm
  • Have improved skills to manage stress
  • Boost morale
  • Improve corporate image
  • Improve recruitment and retention

Benefits to Employers with Workplace Lactation Programs

  • Return on investment of nearly $3 for every $1 spent on comprehensive lactation programs
  • Reduced employee absenteeism and decreased insurance costs through potential health benefits associated with breastfeeding
  • Increased employee recruitment and retention


Sources:

- Baicker, K., Cutler, D., and Song, Z. (2010). Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings. Health Affairs, 29 (2), 304–311.
- CDC. Investing in Prevention Improves Productivity and Reduces Employer Costs: http://www.cdc.gov/policy/resources/Investingin_ReducesEmployerCosts.pdf
- U.S. Department of Labor: www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers