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Human Resources: What is the Distinction Between Health and Wellness?

Health and wellness in the workplace are extremely important, and wellness programs are commonly touted as a crucial component of most employee benefits packages.

Everyone is familiar with the aspect of human resources that involves recruiting prospective employees and onboarding them. There’s another element to it that hinges on taking care of the employees you have. Health and wellness in the workplace are extremely important, and wellness programs are commonly touted as a crucial component of most employee benefits packages. Still, there is one major question – what’s the difference between them?

The Actual Distinction 

So now let’s examine the actual distinction between these two commonly-misunderstood terms. The World Health Organization has a specific definition –  where health encapsulates “physical, mental, and social well-being” and not only about conditions such as disease or infirmity. Likewise, wellness is used interchangeably with health but it isn’t the same concept. In this case, wellness hinges on “making better choices” in search of change and growth and becoming healthier than we were before – the way you get healthy is by practicing wellness.  

True Reasons Why It Matters So Much 

The prevalence of genetic health conditions sheds light on the fact that many aspects of our lives are not under our control – especially when it comes to our bodies. Such conditions include high cholesterol and blood pressure, along with heart disease and diabetes, all of which can be devastating. That said, wellness is possible – lifestyle changes such as taking the medications you need, quitting harmful habits such as smoking and drinking, and seeing a therapist when you feel mentally unwell are all essential and should not be stigmatized or mocked. Achieving perfect health is impossible, but reducing healthcare costs – covered under insurance policies or not – is entirely reasonable.   

Prioritizing Both Health and Wellness 

Employers should not hesitate to educate their workers about how to lead healthier, more contented lives. Small changes like cutting back on soda and junk food, getting more exercise, balancing a diet, and sleeping better will all help. Becoming more active in ensuring your employees are taken care of go beyond enrolling for insurance via online portals or perks such as workout equipment on-site; when employees are healthier, they won’t need to use as much sick time. This increases your company’s bottom line, especially since healthcare costs will stabilize as a result. 

Another Customer Testimonial 

We have another pleased customer to tell you about this week! Annette Watkins of Trust Consulting Services Inc needed help with open enrollment. She reported that [MWE handled] the company’s open enrollment for the benefit plan and [introduced] a new life insurance benefit. The open enrollment was a success.” Thank you, Annette! 

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This entry was posted on Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 1:15 pm. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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