26 March 2007

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The growing popularity of corporate wellness programmes in South Africa is set to dramatically cut the country’s annual R12bn absenteeism bill, says Discovery Vitality.

The growing popularity of Corporate Wellness Programmes in South Africa is set to dramatically cut the country’s annual R12 billion absenteeism bill and improve productivity, according to a press release from Discovery Vitality.

Not just a nice to have
“Wellness programmes are seen globally as a workplace strategy, not just a nice to have. They make a huge impact on the bottom line because health really matters in the workplace,” the statement said.

Dr Nossel says that wellness programmes are highly efficient vehicles to tackle absenteeism and is optimistic that as they take off in South Africa, there will be a nationwide reduction of absenteeism through better management of its drivers.

A preventative and proactive approach
Dr Nossel notes that wellness programmes are designed to improve the health of staff, reduce their injury risks, improve their health consumer skills and enhance their individual productivity and well-being through a preventative and proactive approach to health care.

Extremely good business sense
Dr Nossel says that wellness initiatives also make extremely good business sense. “Already 95% of Fortune 500 companies in the US have employee wellness programmes and there is a very strong correlation between employee wellness and improvements in workplace morale, loyalty, performance and associated reductions in organisational operating costs and of course profits,” he said.

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