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Healthy Workers for Healthier Productivity

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Last week, we discussed the ways in which employee illness is a maintainable, and preventative measure. The consequences of poor employee health are obvious; poor health leads to poor work, poor productivity, and poor worker morale. Check out the following numbers and key insights from the Willis Health and Productivity Survey Report: 

 

  • 93% believe that healthier employees are more productive, yet very few are measuring the impact of productivity on employees’ absenteeism (22%), FMLA (19%) and presenteeism (7%)
  • 64% provide employees with tools and resources to become better consumers
  • 61% identified employees’ health habits as the primary challenge in controlling health care costs.
  • Organizations are shifting costs and risks to employees and providing them with more incentives to improve their own health.

 

What’s interesting to note, is that of the 900 organizations surveyed, most agreed that becoming a healthy workplace requires incentivisation and giving employees tools and resources to become better consumers.

 

These tools and resources are more likely than not, to be of a digital nature. Apps, streamlined platforms, and other digital mediums provide a variety of user-friendly “healthy tools.” Feedback tools/crowdsourced tech complies data, which employees can then use to avoid the unclean, and less maintained areas of workspaces. “Healthy Tools,” also build incentivisation, through social-sharing. Co-workers can message, comment, and build interactions that can inhibit transferring of health issues like the common cold. 

 

Self-improvement and self awareness are key to promoting a healthy workplace. Several health issues aren’t just built from the workplace. These include illnesses and injuries sustained outside of work, where the risk is individualized. Communication and education are excellent tools in giving employees a nudge in the right direction of better health.

 

Health and promoting healthy environments are tricky issues, where you level of influence as a building manager and employee is limited. Ultimately, good habits and good tech are some of the best ways to keep workers healthy, and happy. 

 

This is a continuation on our discussion of health and health-issues in the workplace? Do you use any health-promoting tools and tricks in your office? 

 

 

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