Employee Health and Wellness: Why HR Programs Are Important

May 13, 2024

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Let’s face it, sometimes the office environment isn’t conducive to healthy habits. Between endless emails, looming deadlines, and the siren song of the free doughnuts in the break room, keeping your well-being in check at work can feel like a constant battle. 

But what if there was a way to combat stress, boost morale, and even save your company money, all while keeping the snack drawer stocked with healthy options? Enter the wonderful world of employee wellness programs!

Fresh Tri, a company dedicated to promoting overall well-being, believes that employee health and happiness are the cornerstones of a successful organization. We’re here to bust some myths and show you why HR programs focused on wellness are more than just a trendy perk—they’re a strategic investment with a powerful impact.

What do employee wellness programs encompass? 

What Are Employee Wellness Programs?

Think of employee wellness programs as a toolbox filled with resources designed to empower your employees to thrive. These programs go beyond simply handing out a bottle of water and a piece of fruit and calling it a day—they take a holistic approach that supports physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Here’s a glimpse into initiatives that can fall under the umbrella of employee wellness programs:

  • Physical Health: This includes on-site fitness classes like yoga or boot camps, discounted gym memberships, biometric screenings, and even healthy cooking demonstrations. The goal is to encourage employees to stay active, eat nutritious foods, and develop healthy habits that reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Mental and Emotional Well-being: Stress management workshops, mindfulness training sessions, and access to Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) all play a crucial role in supporting employee mental health. These programs can equip employees with tools to manage stress, improve focus, and navigate emotional challenges—leading to a more positive and productive work environment.
  • Financial Wellness: Financial stress can be a major burden on employees’ well-being. Some companies offer financial literacy workshops, budgeting, and debt management resources, or even on-site financial advisors. By helping employees manage their finances, companies can alleviate stress and improve overall employee well-being.
  • Social Connection: Healthy relationships with colleagues are essential for a positive work environment. Wellness programs can foster social connection through team-building activities, social events, or even creating a space for employees to relax and connect during breaks.
  • Work-Life Balance: Programs that promote flexible work arrangements, childcare assistance, or paid time off for mental health can significantly improve employee well-being. Helping employees achieve a healthy work-life balance reduces burnout and fosters a more engaged and productive workforce.

Remember, the key is to tailor the programs to your specific company culture and employee needs.


Why Should Companies Care About Employee Wellness?

So, why should companies invest in employee wellness programs? The reasons are as numerous as the benefits themselves. Here are just a few key points to consider:

Healthier, Happier Employees:

Happy employees are productive employees! A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health showed a positive correlation between a strong workplace culture of health with higher productivity and engagement and lower employee stress.1 When employees feel supported and cared for, they’re more likely to be engaged and productive.

Boosting the Bottom Line:

Wellness programs can be a game-changer for your company’s finances. A study by Harvard Business Review found that companies with strong wellness programs experienced a six times return on investment (ROI) due to reduced healthcare costs and absenteeism.  Investing in employee health can lead to significant cost savings in the long run.

Attracting Top Talent:

In today’s competitive job market, companies with robust wellness programs have a clear advantage. Millennials and Gen Z, a large and growing segment of the workforce, prioritize working for companies that value employee well-being. Strong wellness programs can be a major selling point when attracting and retaining top talent.


Fresh Tri: Your Partner in Effective Wellness Programs

At Fresh Tri, we take a holistic approach to employee wellness. We go beyond just physical health to address the mental and emotional aspects of well-being. We utilize the latest findings in brain science, mindset training, and clinically proven habits to create personalized health plans for every individual.

Fresh Tri doesn’t just focus on short-term changes; we’re committed to driving sustainable results. Through our brain-based approach, we help individuals build lasting healthy habits, leading to improved health outcomes, higher program retention, and increased employee engagement.

Here’s a powerful example of Fresh Tri’s success in action. Walmart, a company known for its large workforce, partnered with Fresh Tri to address employee health concerns. David Hoke, Walmart’s former Senior Director of Associate Health and Well-being, highlighted the program’s effectiveness, stating, “We were looking for a way to create healthy eating habits that go beyond just weight loss. Fresh Tri’s science-based model helped us not only improve employee health but also build resilience and well-being in the long term.”


Prioritize Holistic Employee Health with Fresh Tri

Investing in employee health and wellness programs isn’t just a nice thing to do—it’s a smart business decision. By prioritizing employee well-being, you’re creating a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce.

Ready to transform your company culture and unlock the full potential of your employees? Contact Fresh Tri today! We’ll work with you to design a customized employee wellness program that meets your specific needs and goals. Together, let’s cultivate a thriving workplace where everyone can flourish.



  1. Marenus MW, Marzec M, Chen W. Association of Workplace Culture of Health and Employee Emotional Wellbeing. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Sep 28;19(19):12318. doi: 10.3390/ijerph191912318. PMID: 36231620; PMCID: PMC9564377. 
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