About two-thirds of HR people from organizations that offered wellness initiatives indicated these efforts were “somewhat effective” or “very effective” in reducing healthcare costs. The return on investment (ROI) related to employee wellness programs typically includes the overall healthcare cost-savings achieved and productivity increases due to reduced sick days employees take.


  • The global cost of mental illness through lost productivity, absences and staff turnover is estimated to be around $2.5tn annually.
  • While some companies are adding wellness programs measurement effectiveness is lacking.
  • Despite strong data supporting the effectiveness of wellness initiatives, a recent survey by Employee Benefits News (EBN) of 245 benefits managers, administrators and human resources professionals, reported that only 44% of respondents are currently running one.
  • Every dollar invested in the intervention yielded $6 in healthcare savings.