Your company's management must support your wellness program efforts for them to be successful. Managers will want to know:
Three fundamental messages are critical in gaining management support for diabetes prevention and management efforts:
According to an article from the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine entitled "The Link Between Workforce Health and Safety and the Health of the Bottom Line: Tracking Market Performance of Companies that Nurture a "Culture of Health", companies that build a culture of health by focusing on the well-being and safety of their workforce yield greater value for their investors. The same journal included the article, "Health and Productivity as a Business Strategy", which showed that employers of all sizes are discovering a competitive edge by understanding the broader health and productivity costs of their enterprise and investing in the health of their workforce. A meta-analysis found that participants in workplace health promotion programs had about 25% lower medical and absenteeism expenditures than nonparticipants according to an article in the American Journal of Health Promotion entitled "Meta-evaluation of Worksite Health Promotion Economic Return Studies". Another study showed that the savings associated with worksite health promotion programs -- that medical and absenteeism ROIs amounting to $3.27 and $2.70, respectively, were saved for every $1.00 invested during a 3-year time. This study was published in Health Affairs.
Recently, there has been some controversy about the value of worksite wellness programs. But evidence over the past 30 years shows that well-designed, evidence-based programs and principles can achieve positive health and financial outcomes. Employers should use best practices to increase the likeliness of success. A Joint Consensus Statement published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine provides information about these best practices.
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