During the past decade, interest in health promotion at the worksite has spread rapidly. In Minnesota, about 55 percent of employers with 100 or more employees now offer some form of health promotion program.
2014 is the Year of Workplace Wellness in Minnesota
- Reduces overall health care costs and health claims
- Increases productivity
- Reduces absenteeism
- Improves employee morale and recruitment/retention
- Improves customer experiences
- Improves the overall health of the community
- Allows the community to be competitive for recruiting both employers and workforce
Yet, many employers and employees don't know about all the free benefits--such as quit lines and tobacco cessation medication--available to them. We can help.
Story: containing health care costs AND increasing morale
Just ask the folks at TEAM Industries in Bagley & Park Rapids, a machining, manufacturing and assembly business five facilities in Minnesota, about what a workplacewellness program can do.
They formed a partnership with the Statewide Health Improvement Program in the area in 2010, and are already showing results. They started with a vision and priorities, conducted a survey, created a brand, “Wellness In‐Motion,” and went about working with interested employees to increase their physical activity, eat healthier, and quit smoking.
The result? Besides the lost weight, more people quitting smoking, and the boost in morale everyone involved enjoys, for 2013, they are enjoying no increase in health premiums.
They said about SHIP, “For TEAM Industries, this has been an excellent experience! We would not be where we are today with our Wellness Initiative if not for the opportunity to participate in the SHIP project.”