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Employee Health - The Next Frontier in Corporate Strategy

Posted by EHE Blogger

12/18/14 9:14 AM

Companies that elevate employee wellness programs from a simple perk to a broader corporate mission—for every employee—will have greater success.

Faced with the dual challenge of health care costs, companies interested in improving their bottom line are focusing on disease prevention, improved fitness, weight-loss programs, and smoking cessation. “The earlier people address these issues, the less likely they are to actually get sick,” says Dee Edington, founder of the University of Michigan’s Health Management Research Center and chairman of consulting firm Edington Associates LLC. “It’s the best way to cut health care costs.”

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Topics: Employee Health

Break the Absenteeism-Obesity Cycle via Employee Health Intervention

Posted by EHE Blogger

12/8/14 12:01 PM

A study by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) examined the economic impact of obesity in the United States by analyzing the number of days missed in a year by American workers across different weight classifications. The results showed that "costs of absenteeism rise with clinical weight classification for both women and men, and vary across occupation. Absenteeism costs associated with obesity total $4.3 billion annually in the United States."

 

The authors' conclusion has a rather understated, if not surprising, solution for curbing the substantial costs to American business associated with obesity: "Employers should explore workplace interventions and health care expansions to reduce these costs." Indeed, they should.

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Topics: Health Consumer, Employee Health

Fitness Programs Are Critical to Employee Wellness

Posted by Admin

11/21/14 4:43 PM

Employee wellness programs are increasingly popular in corporate America. A National Business Group on Health survey shows that spending on employee wellness programming increased by 15 percent in 2013 from the previous year, and the number of companies offering incentives for participation in such programs "has increased from 57 percent in 2009 to 74 percent in 2014." These trends include growth in subsidized gym memberships and exercise programs. A focus on fitness makes sense for all involved. Companies reap tax benefits from fitness programs, and employees enjoy improved health outcomes by participating. A healthy workforce may also result in further savings for companies through lower healthcare costs.

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Topics: Fitness, Employee Health

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