Healthy educators are a critical component of a thriving school. A healthy workplace leads to educators who are more satisfied with their jobs and are able to be higher performing. They are absent fewer days and more likely to stay in their positions. Healthy educators provide the continuity and stability so essential for educational success. Research shows employee health and wellness programs contribute to workplace excellence and job satisfaction in variety of ways:
Wellness programs improve performance
All educators can benefit from workplace wellness programs. Research shows that by creating a culture of health and increasing healthy behaviors – from being more physically active to eating healthier foods – wellness programs can increase educators’ ability to focus, reduce absenteeism, improve morale, and combat chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Beyond the health benefits of more exercise and healthier foods, wellness programs can help combat stress. School districts that have successfully implemented workforce programs focusing on exercise, stress management and nutrition report seeing increases in morale, improved employee health behaviors and higher levels of general well-being among employees.
Wellness programs help create good places to work
By making the healthy choice the easy choice, wellness programs can create a culture of health and stand to deliver a wide range of benefits to educators, including:
- A safer, more supportive work environment,
- Improved health; increased well-being, self-image, and self-esteem,
- Improved coping skills with stress or other factors affecting health,
- Reduced out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., reduced premiums, deductibles and co-payments) for physician office visits, medications, procedures or hospitalizations related to acute or chronic illness, and Improved job satisfaction.