Employees spend almost one third of their lives at work. If they become ill for a significant period, it can impact their families, work colleagues and you as their employer. While managing infrequent absences of staff is a fundamental part of running a business, frequent or extended sick leave can result in significant negative flow-on effects.
Research shows implementing workplace health and wellness programs can not only improve health outcomes for employees*, but can also have positive effects on businesses over the short, medium and long-term. These can include:
Workplace health and wellness programs focus on encouraging employees to practice healthier behaviours at work. Smoking, physical inactivity, diet, stress and alcohol are all risk factors associated with the development of chronic diseases.
First, consider how prepared your business is to implement an effective workplace health and wellness program. Then, think about your team and the types of initiatives that would appeal to them, even ask for feedback. Finally, implement the program that best aligns with your business and culture.
Here are some good examples:
Businesses bear many of the indirect costs associated with employees suffering from ill health or often preventable chronic diseases. Robust workplace health and wellness programs can not only improve health outcomes for employees, but also have positive flow-on effects to businesses.
*Australian Government, Comcare. (2011). Benefits to business: The evidence for investing in worker health and wellbeing.
^PricewaterhouseCoopers and Medibank. (2010). Workplace wellness in Australia. Aligning actions with aims: Optimising the benefits of workplace wellness.
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