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City could save up $180,000 by promoting employee well-being

Rewards and recognition programs can do more than promote productivity among employees.

Rewards and recognition programs can do more than promote productivity among employees. They can also improve worker health and, in the process, save companies money.

One Mississippi city is taking these ideas to heart, looking to implement a new initiative that will help staff members lead healthier lives and cut costs for the municipal government, The Natchez Democrat reports.

The Community Development director of Natchez, Mississippi, James Johnston, recently presented a plan to the town's Board of Aldermen that would require the city property's to be smoke free as well as challenge workers to eat healthy, the newspaper explains.

Johnston believes the program would cost the local government approximately $15 per employee for a total of $4,000 annually. However, these expenses would be offset by fewer sick days and a reduction in worker's compensation costs, according to the paper. In fact, one official estimated the city could save about $180,000 in healthcare expenses for its workforce.

Companies are also taking similar measures to boost employee well-being, including offering health deductions and gym passes as well as setting up sports leagues to promote healthy habits.

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