VOI on employee wellness programs
While the potential wellness program savings are significant, there are also other, harder-to-measure benefits that come from implementing well-being programs. For example, the potential benefits of an employee wellness program include fewer employee sick days, increased employee productivity, as well as the ability to attract and retain talent within an organization.
These “softer” benefits that can’t be as easily quantified are known as value on investment, or VOI. If an employer only calculates the medical cost savings of implementing a well-being program, they are missing out on the bigger picture. While cost savings are important, it is the combination of the physical, mental, and emotional health of employees that gives much more insight into day-to-day employee performance. That is why an employer needs to understand both ROI and VOI when making decisions about which wellness programs to implement.
What’s the hard return on employee wellness programs?
Understanding the hard return on employee wellness program depends on numerous factors. However, we have been able to gather some statistics on the benefits of investing in wellness programs with Quest. For a population of 10,000 employees screened, as many as 2,000 cases of chronic disease may be uncovered—affecting as many as 1 in 5 employees. In addition, another 1 in 100 employee screening participants will realize benefits that may be less dramatic, but very concrete, such as addressing diet and weight issues, investigating smoking cessation, and/or increasing physical activity. The actions taken by these employees will potentially impact their long-term health and may help to prevent chronic disease.
High-costs conditions develop over time, and with effective identification, connection to care, and intervention, employers can reduce the incidence of high-cost conditions among their employees.
- Participants in laboratory-based wellness programs that can identify chronic disease risks spend 30% less in overall per-employee per-year claims10
- Prevention of type 2 diabetes through a Diabetes Prevention Program and lifestyle changes may result in 34-44% lower medical costs attributable over 10 years due to lower hospital, emergency room, urgent care, and outpatient services11