“Healthy Employees, Healthy Business: Easy, Affordable Ways to Promote Workplace Wellness” by Ilona Bray and a team of experts is a good book that may go unnoticed by many businesses. In these difficult economic times for many, starting a wellness program may not be on the forefront of many corporate and business leader’s thoughts. However, as pointed out in the first chapter, “Why You Need a Healthy Workplace,” the incorporation of wellness programs and the encouragement and assistance with keeping employees healthy can significantly increase the bottom line. The statistics in the book claim that most companies have a positive return on the investment of instituting wellness programs. The book claims that only a small minority of companies fail to break even and that’s often because their initial investment of time and money was too low.
The book then goes on with chapters on strategies for a successful wellness program; worksite evaluations and program launches; prevention and early detection to help employees stay well; very basics on healthy eating, nutrition, fitness and exercise; suggestions for lowering stress levels, working without tobacco, helping an addicted worker, reducing obesity, dealing with chronic illnesses, choosing health benefits, and finally drafting workplace policies that promote health.
The book also contains a CD-ROM that includes forms such as Wellness Plan Worksheet, Wellness Program Interest Survey, Treatment Center Evaluation Form, a Food and Exercise Diary among a few others. Additionally, there are the audio MP3 files on Why Create a Wellness Program, Wellness Program …READ MORE