How healthy is your workplace?

by Silvio Bianculli on April 18, 2013

When your employees are out sick or on disability, how well does your company manage?

Are your employees overweight or obese?

Research shows that nearly 30% of the workforce is obese. Obesity contributes to a myriad of health problems, such as heart attacks, cancer, and diabetes, and costs the country billions of dollars.

Carrying these extra pounds adversely affected worker’s productivity, according to the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

For example, in Britain obesity now accounts for:*18 million sick days
* 30,000 deaths a year
* 9 lost years of life expectancy
* and an added annual cost of almost $1 billion to the National Health Service.  (Source: New York Times on April 19, 2005)

On the other hand, Honeywell Inc showed 48% of participants lowered their cholesterol levels after one year, and achieved a 64% drop in blood pressure, because of their Live Saver Program.

A recent Duke study says: Obese workers cost employers more and the extra weight affects the bottom line. Researchers studied Duke University’s workers’ compensation claims and records of 11,728 employees who had health-risk appraisals from 1997 to 2004.

Workers’ compensation costs rose gradually with the workers’ weight. Overweight employees took 4x the number of days off after being injured or getting sick at work. Mildly obese employees took 5x as many days off. The most obese employees took 13x as many days off.

Workers Compensation: Extremely obese workers are more likely than their healthy-weight counterparts to file workers’ compensation claims and workers take longer to return to work.

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Claims:                              5.8                                                 11.65

Lost work days:               14.19                                              183.63

Claims cost:                   $7,503                                            $51,019

(Source: News & Observer, Published: April 24 2007)

How well do your employees handle work-related stress?

Job-related stress has a measurable impact on workers’ health and, by extension, corporate profits according to an article in the New York Times on September 5, 2004.

Workplace-reported stress reportedly costs this nation over $300 billion a year in health care, missed work, and stress-reduction expenses.

Incurred costs are 46% higher, or on average $600 more per person, than other employees. Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Workers who must take time off work because of stress, anxiety, or a related disorder will be off the job for about 20 days. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Are your employees constantly out on disability?

Are your employees constantly out on disability due to repetitive stress injuries, poor body conditioning/ posture/ positioning?

The U.S. Bureau of Statistics reported that 47% of all carpal tunnel operations are work-related due to the increase in computer use.

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) in the workplace cost an average of $110 billion annually and contribute to the highest number of missed workdays.

For every $3 spent on workers compensation, $1 out of the $3 is spent on RSI. Other U.S. studies reported that the cost of back pain ranges between $50 to $100 billion a year. It is also responsible for 40% of all absenteeism in the workplace.

DuPont showed significant results from their program, reducing disability at a rate of 0.4 per employee over a two-year period for a total of savings of almost 12,000 days – a saving of $1.42 for every dollar invested.

Are your employees constantly lighting up outside?

Smoker treatments Researchers at Duke University found that the total cost of smoking (the cost of cigarettes, lost earnings, impact on insurance and mortality) runs about $40 per pack for the average 24 year old.

The economic burden of smokers totals more than $80 billion per year from lost productivity, and $75 billion per year in medical expenditures.

Let’s end the struggle

Healthy lifestyle Help to promote healthier employee lifestyles, right in the convenience of your own workplace!

Investing in healthy lifestyle behaviors repays itself many times over. Just in the last few years health care costs have increased by double digits, and will continue to rise every year.

America spends 95% of the health care dollar, 1 trillion dollars a year, on diagnosing and treatment of disease. Not much is spent on prevention.

Wouldn’t it be a more cost-effective decision to invest your dollar in a disease prevention and management program? Your employees can be educated on how to eat right, exercise regularly, manage stress more effectively and stay motivated.

We’re quite sure that you wouldn’t mind if you got a nice healthy return on your investment.

Research shows a benefit-to-cost ratio of 3.4-1. That is, for each $1 invested in a health promotion program, the company received a healthy $3.40 in return.

Benefits include:

* decreased disability payments

* decreased employee turnover

* decreased absenteeism

* increased productivity

* fewer health care expenditures

If you’d like us to create a pain-free, productive and vibrant workforce, even if you are not sure exactly what your company needs, contact us and we will gladly come to your office for a FREE, no obligation consultation.

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