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Memo to the Boss



Article Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, June 10th, 2011


Do you sit at a desk most of the day? Do you find it hard to fit in exercise during the workweek? Is it too hard to resist the donuts that sit in the break room? It’s time to ask the boss for some support.

More and more companies are implementing wellness programs for their employees. Health insurance premiums are rising exponentially every year. Recent studies indicate that approximately 50% of corporate profits go toward health care costs versus 7% three decades ago and many employers are looking for ways to offset those costs by providing wellness programs for employees. That should get your boss’s attention.

Marc Baker, the President of Elliott, Powell Baden and Baker Insurance in Portland and also my husband, did just that in April when he hired me as a Health Coach to come in on a monthly basis to talk about such topics as Eating For Energy, Weigh Less and Live More and Office Exercise. “Our decision to institute a wellness program at EPB and B was one of the easiest I have made as president,” Baker says. “By offering a wellness program, we know that we will have increased employee productivity as a result of fewer sick days, and have built a stronger team through our wellness activities. “

In fact, EPBB has put together a friendly summer walking competition for their employees. “I thought it a wonderful way to express the company’s commitment to employees well being by providing the pedometers and prizes,”said Elliott Powell Baden and Baker’s Human Resources Manager Chris Harte. “Many have embraced the idea and so far over 50% of employees have signed up for the walking teams. I have already seen the added benefit of employees that normally opt out of company events wanting to join the fun.”

Need another incentive? Employee wellness programs have shown to:

  • Increase Employee Productivity

  • Decrease Healthcare costs

  • Decrease employee absenteeism

  • Decrease employee stress levels

  • Increase Job satisfaction and employee loyalty

Not to mention the extra added bonus of improved physical health and weight loss.

Employee wellness programs work for all employees, whether an 8-5 office position or 11pm-7am shift work. So give it a try. There is nothing to lose but stress and weight. And you stand to save money. If you work it right, this might get you that raise you have been hoping for.



Article by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
Ph: 503 621 7549
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