26 Oct 5 Reasons Corporate Wellness Should Be A Top Priority
Did you know that each year sick leave and employee absenteeism, due to stress or poor health, is costing Australian businesses in excess of $7 billion annually?
According to a recent study conducted by Medicare Private, there’s a strong correlation between employee lifestyle and productivity levels. Employees exposed to lifestyle risk factors such as obesity, lack of exercise, smoking and/or excess drinking were nine times more likely to lead staff being absent from work due health related problems.
Given the amount of money companies are losing due to time of work, corporate wellness needs to become a top priority for the following reasons:
1. Sedentary jobs lead to postural and serious health issues
Whether it’s desk work or operating a vehicle, jobs which require you to spend prolonged hours with ‘bums on seats’ are believed to slow the metabolism and interfere with the body’s capacity to control sugar levels resulting in diabetes.
2. Employees are working past the age of retirement
In a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, research revealed Australians aged 45 years and over are intending to work well past the age of retirement, due to the fear of financial hardship should they become dependent on their accumulated superannuation. However, with an ageing workforce employers are faced with the challenges of time-off for age-related illness.
3. Employer demands overshadow work/life balance
One in two Australians suffer from stress related illness and according to a poll conducted by Lifeline, the biggest cause of stress is working long hours. The demands placed on workers by their management to meet key performance targets, an inability to say no to unrealistic demands for fear of being replaced, or taking on extra overtime to cover financial commitments, mean it’s increasingly harder to have a healthy work/life balance
4. A healthy and happy workforce increases staff morale
Wellness programs and policies such as providing workers access to an onsite gym or recreation room, physical staff challenges with incentives or providing healthy balanced lunches, create a motivational and supportive environment. An organisation that introduces these types of initiatives boost staff morale and are four times more likely to have a lower staff turnover.
5. Unhealthy staff are less productive
Research into productivity revealed a strong link between diet and productivity. The studies conducted by the Brigham Young University’s Health Enhancement Research Organisation (HERO), discovered employees who had a healthy diet were 25 per cent more productive than their junk food eating colleagues. Workers who exercise three times a week or more were 15 per cent more likely to be productive.
WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR WORKPLACE?
Harvard University conducted studies which concluded, every $1 spent on employee wellness incentives, saving of up $3.27 were saved in healthcare costs and $2.73 saved in absenteeism, think of the savings you could be making if you set up an employee wellness program in your office.
TheHealthClinic.com.au, co-founded by Nutritionist Pip Reed and Dietitian, Robbie Clark, focuses on the corporate industry, providing businesses with a unique platform that allows their employees to track their health and behaviours, make prescribed changes, offer measurable data, and see overall improvements in productivity and happiness in the work environment.
The innovative duo has created a system where all consultations can take place via a private and secure online video portal called Practicall, allowing face-to-face consultations with their practitioner. No longer do you have to take extra time out of your day to drive to the clinic, find a park and then wait around for their practitioner to be ready. Now, you simply jump online at your preferred time. In addition to one-on-one consultations, they offer health services for the workplace such as tailored seminars and workshops, shopping tours and cooking demonstrations.
Keep on top of employee health and experience the difference it makes. You can take your first steps today.