Employees spend many of their waking hours at work or commuting, which can take a toll on their health, especially if they’re stressed or seated at a desk during the day. You can motivate employees to invest in their well-being by rewarding them with incentives for wellness participation and/or healthy outcomes.
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.
Years ago, many workers held jobs in the manufacturing field that required them to stand for their entire workday. Now, workers find themselves sitting behind desks for seven or more hours each day, which has led to an unhealthy side effect — a more obese workforce. Fortunately, employers are starting to embrace the benefits of keeping employees active at work.
Presenteeism — the practice of coming to work despite having a medical condition — is a relatively new area of study. However, with the current economy pushing employers to do more with less, it’s an important challenge that needs to be addressed, as less productive workforces are also less profitable.
In the last 10 years, the net worth of an average American employee has dropped significantly; from 2007 to 2010 alone, the median net worth of American families dropped nearly 40 percent.
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.