Global health challenges

Workplace wellness

Workplace Wellness

A healthy workforce is essential for sustainable economic development, productivity, adequate household income, and social well-being. Employment and working conditions are powerful determinants of health outcomes and access to health care

IFPMA members know the best way to promote health is practicing it. Through wellness programs, IFPMA members provide platforms for employees to manage their health over the long-term. Healthy living goes beyond a trend: it is the basis for a productive life. Incremental, durable changes in employees’ lifestyles at the workplace can reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases and allay the effects of reduced worker productivity due to illness.

There is recognition amongst multinationals of the economic benefits of a healthy workforce. There is a significant growth in the number of global wellness programs being put in place by multinationals, which is in part explained by the private sector’s increasingly acute awareness of the impact of non-communicable diseases and mental disorders on the workforce. This impact is multi-faceted and ranges from deterioration in business performance, to increased absenteeism from sickness and disability, not to mention rising costs in health and life insurance. Poor health at work, both in physical and psychological terms, can have a major economic impact on businesses.


Good practices at work have the potential of extending beyond the workplace and the single employee, reaching families, friends, and acquaintances. Workers that commit to a healthy lifestyle will likely influence their families and friends and will be more receptive to government prevention campaigns, which may be the key to helping tip the balance in moving towards healthier practices among all of us.

IFPMA members have transformed the workplace into platforms for healthy living: on-site gyms, health education and medical check-ups, and healthy cafeterias are just a few examples of how companies embrace a proactive approach towards health. 50% of our member companies offer mental health prevention and support programs, thereby recognizing increased awareness of the health impact of mental disorders.

1.2 million employees

within IFPMA member companies benefit from wellness programs

USD 17 to USD 44 billion

is the total amount lost by US companies due to lost working days due to depression

85% of IFPMA member companies

offer smoking cessation programs

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