Critical review of literature on employee wellness programs in Kenya
Muathe, Stephen M. A.
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Employee wellness is said to be very expensive and may not have a significant impact on the performance of employees as well as of the organization. It has more potential of capturing wider influences related to a person’s individual characteristics and behaviours, the social, physical and economic environment However, studies show a contrasting view on the benefits as outweighing the costs involved with substantive reduction of medicare costs, limited illness-related absenteeism, increased productivity and better quality of life. The programs range from smoking cessation activities, prevention and management of HIV/AIDS and related illness, provision of health improvement exercises and activities within the workplace to Employee Assistance programs. The intended benefits of improved employee performance resulting from good health, enhanced morale, reduced stress and burnout among employees as well as general increased productivity of the organization are realistic if such programs are fully operationalized in modern day workplaces