Today is National Employee Health and Fitness Day. This is a great day to remind us of how interrelated health is with workforce productivity.
Numerous studies have documented the savings associated with a healthy workforce both in terms of direct medical costs as well as in improved productivity. Healthier employees are more productive. Work by Dr. Dee Edington and others have shown that for every dollar one pays in health care costs, a company loses about three dollars in lost productivity. So Good Health is Good Business.
What can a company do to improve the health and fitness of its workforce? Begin by looking at the organization, its culture, the health of its workforce. Look to an outside expert such as U.S. Preventive Medicine to help you build a program that meets your needs. As a small business, you can still get access to high quality programs. In fact The Prevention Plan is available through Sam’s Club.
You can also learn more through a series of blogs I wrote on selecting a program:
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