For decades very few companies saw supporting their workers’ health and well-being as a business priority. They did what was necessary by law to create a safe and healthy work environment. But exercising, good nutrition, and engaging in self-care to boost physical, mental and emotional health — these were pursuits for employees to worry about and manage on their own time.
However, that attitude eventually evolved as it became harder for employers to ignore the connection between unhealthy behaviors — such as sitting hunched over a desk and staring at a computer for hours on end — and lower employee productivity, decreased morale and higher absenteeism. These, in addition to rising healthcare costs, prompted employers to start promoting workers’ overall wellness.
Many businesses have expanded their efforts in recent years as they have sought to position themselves as an