Fringe benefits—Why builders should reconsider construction wellness programs
Wellness programs, a mainstay of corporate employee benefits, deserve more attention in the construction industry.
When we talk about worker health in the construction industry, we’re usually focusing on jobsite safety, and for good reason. Construction was the most dangerous industry for workers in 2019, with 1,091 fatalities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonfatal injuries remained level between 2018 and 2019, but the incidence rate was highest for residential construction workers, at three cases for every 100 workers. Some builders are inclined to focus on these high-level issues, and aren’t concerned with the more everyday issue of worker wellness. However, workers don’t leave their problems at home, and someone who is distracted or unwell can become a danger on the jobsite. There’s a bottom-line impact, too.
Debra Wein, CEO and founder of Wellness Workdays, shares her insight and expertise on the importance of wellness programs in the construction industry and how to design a successful wellness program.