Your over weight, over-stressed, smoking employee is probably already costing you thousands of dollars more than there healthy counterparts.
According to a recent Milken institute study unhealthy workers cost companies more than $1.1 trillion in lost productivity. That doesn't include he cost of providing health care coverage to unhealthy employees, which the American Journal of Health Promotion estimated at $12.7 billion for obese employees alone, thanks to increased costs for health care, sick leave, and disability and life insurance.
In the 80s, Japanese automakers received a lot of attention for requiring line workers to engage in morning calisthenics before beginning their work day.. While images of auto workers bending and stretching proved an endless source of amusement (and since gone the way of cassette decks and popped collars), it turns out they may have had the right idea.
CoCa Cola instituted a ten minute workout before loading and unloading trucks. There was an 83 percent drop in low back injury's producing $250 per employee savings in lost time accidents
So does that mean you need to lead your team in a group exercise class each afternoon? Not exactly. But it does mean that a comprehensive wellness program will not only improve your employees health but your company's bottom line as well. Here are a few suggestions:
Hire a Health Coach, Personal Trainer, a Health Coach, Personal Trainer is a health promoter, an educator, and an active partner in unlocking the potential each employee has to live a healthy lifestyle.
HCPT, play an essential role in the lives of their clients, HCPT, integrate their understanding of exercise science, behavioral science and nutritional science and then use that knowledge to assess clients and develop lifestyle-modification programs that are truly individualized.
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