According to a new study of more than 1,000 small-business owners by Humana and the National Small Business Association (NSBA), 93 percent of small businesses consider their employees’ physical and mental health to be important to their bottom line, and 54 percent say it’s “extremely important.” But despite the known benefits, only one-third of respondents think they are confident they can manage their employee’s health care needs, citing gaps in information and employee interest.
While adoption of health and wellness programs isn’t yet widespread, the perceived need for these programs is real. Small-business decision-makers reported high-employee stress as their top concern, and 57 percent of small-business owners said that their employees work when they are sick.
As this new study shows, health and wellness programs can be a win-win situation for small businesses, fostering healthier people and healthier profits. Check out the full study.