Are Killing Your Bottom Line
You know that employee, the one who comes screeching into the brewery at five of 5:00 a.m., with a jumbo cup of coffee, and a cream-filled donut? The one who scarfs down a 12 inch footlong witha bag of low fat baked chips and a diet soda before heading out for a lunchtime smoke break -- or what about the employee who is still at there desk at 7:00 p.m., slogging through there to-do list? You might be impressed by there dedication -- someone who is chained to there desk or forklift or standing at the depal or filler for 10 hours straight has got to be adding value to the company, right? So what if there a little overweight, pre-diabetic, and dealing with It's not like you're a vision of health yourself, and what she or he does on his or her own time with his or her own body is there concern, not yours.
In fact, your overweight, out of shape and over-stressed, smoking employee is probably already costing you thousands of dollars more than his or her healthy counterparts -- and is likely to make an even bigger impact on your bottom line in the future. According to a recent Milken Institute study, unhealthy workers cost companies more than $1.1 trillion in lost productivity. That doesn't include the cost of providing health care coverage to unhealthy employees, which the American Journal of Health Promotionestimated at $12.7 billion for obese employees alone, thanks to increased costs for health care, sick leave, and disability and life insurance.
In short, your employees' oversized bottoms are shrinking your company's bottom line.
I'm Not Really Here
There's no denying that absenteeism is a huge problem for employers: When your people don't show up, someone else has to pick up the slack or projects fall behind.
Of greater concern, though, is presenteeism -- when people show up to work but they really aren't in any condition to do so. Whether they are sick, overtired, or distracted by stress at home or work, their heads are just not in the game. And that's a huge problem for employers who estimate that each individual loses at least 115 productive hours each year due to chronic conditions like stress.
Encourage employees to get off their butts.