In my series on increasing disability concerns for employers, I’ve discussed a few diseases that are on the rise — obesity and diabetes. The last disease in the series can be less noticeable, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less of a threat.
Friends and family tell Mary Malone that she’s a born organizer. That’s why her job as a disability and productivity consultant for The Standard’s Workplace Possibilities is a perfect fit.
In her role, Mary works with employers to implement The Standard’s Workplace Possibilities program. This involves review of current employer practices and finding the best local Workplace Possibilities Consultant for their culture. Her job involves traveling to these employers and training of the new consultant. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Portland, and she also has an Oregon nursing license.
Otherwise, Mary spends a lot of her spare time, again, organizing. She has spear-headed “Go Girls,” a gaggle of 40 women who golf after work on Thursdays, as well as “Brides,” a group of 11 women who take turns being the center of attention every month among snacks and gossip. She also loves hopping in the car with her husband and seeing where the map takes them– which usually involves camping, fishing or golf.
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Employees may have started the year with lifestyle changes and goals — such as quitting smoking. Although quitting is a personal decision, as an employer, you still can support them as they follow through on their New Year’s resolution to take charge of their health.
Weight loss strategies are everywhere. They pop up on our computers, our cellphones and televisions because they have an audience. Consider this: In 2009, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7 percent) were considered obese.
Imagine a normal day at your workplace. Meetings, phone calls, production. Just another routine day. But then, the unexpected happens. An employee passes out mid shift, requiring serious medical attention.
It’s no secret that a healthy workforce can reduce health care expenditures, but employers may need to start paying extra attention to a few growing health concerns affecting today’s workers before it results in a strain on their bottom line.
When your employees go to the vending machine for a snack, do you know if they are making healthy choices? Employees who consistently make poor food choices, which can often lead to minor and, sometimes, severe health issues, could have a direct impact on your bottom line. Stressing healthy nutrition in the workplace might encourage a healthier lifestyle — in and out of the office — and could be your ticket to avoiding a disability claim.