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To help reduce stress and improve the quality of life many organizations are becoming more involved in wellness programs With increasing health care costs many employers are concentrating on disease prevention and health promotion By putting a wellness program in place it leads to a healthier workforce which increases its productivity level reduces employee absenteeism creates less overtime and it also cuts the cost of health benefits Kizer 1987 Another reason that many companies are developing a wellness program within the organization is the effect it has on the bottom line By preventing stress an organization has happy healthy employees which means t quality and quantity of work will be improved For example A middle manager may be a companys shining star but if he is living in constant disharmony at home or if his teenage daughter whom he suspects is using street drugs did not come home until 3 am last Saturday night this promising manager is not going to be particularly efficient at even routine daily tasks A worksite wellness program could help Kizer 1987 p 36 Another contributing factor to higher job related stress is less leisure and vacation time Throughout the 1980s the amount of paid time off for employees is act shrinking Many European workers are gaining vacation time while Americans are losing it In the last decade US workers have gotten less paid time off - on the order of three and a half fewer days each year of vacation time holidays sick pay and other paid absences Schor 1991 p 32 Many companies faced an economic squeeze in the 1980s Vacations and holidays were among the cost-cutting efforts DuPont reduced its top vacation allotment time from seven four weeks They also eliminated three of their paid holidays a year With the new trend of downsizing many employees are fearful of job loss and therefore spend less time away from the workplace Schor
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