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Importance of Employees’ Physical Health

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Posted on Mar 07, 2023, 1 p.m.

As an employer, it is essential to recognize the importance of employees' physical health. The health of your employees has a direct impact on your company's productivity, success, and bottom line. Here are some reasons why.

Reduced Absenteeism and Presenteeism

When your employees are physically healthy, they are less likely to miss work due to illness or injury. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), productivity losses due to absenteeism cost employers $1,685 per employee per year. 

In addition, presenteeism, when employees come to work but are not fully productive due to illness or injury, can also result in significant productivity losses. By promoting physical health in the workplace, employers can reduce both absenteeism and presenteeism, ultimately improving the bottom line.

Increased Energy and Productivity

Employees who are physically healthy are more likely to have higher levels of energy and productivity. This is because physical activity releases endorphins that improve mood and increase energy levels. 

Regular exercise has also been shown to improve cognitive function, leading to better decision-making and problem-solving skills. When employees are more productive, they are able to get more work done in less time, which can lead to increased profits for the company.

Improved Mental Health

Physical health is closely linked to mental health. Exercise has been shown to be an effective way to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and can improve overall mental health and well-being. When employees are mentally healthy, they are more likely to be engaged and motivated at work, leading to better performance and increased job satisfaction.

Lower Healthcare Costs

Employers also benefit from promoting physical health in the workplace through reduced healthcare costs. When employees are physically healthy, they are less likely to develop chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. These conditions are not only costly to treat, but they also result in increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. 

Improved Workplace Culture

Promoting physical health in the workplace can also lead to an improved workplace culture. When employers prioritize the health and well-being of their employees, it sends a message that they value their workforce and are invested in their success. This can lead to increased employee morale, loyalty, and job satisfaction. 

What Can Employers Do to Promote Physical Health in the Workplace?

Here are some strategies:

Encourage Regular Exercise

Encouraging regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to promote physical health in the workplace. Employers can provide on-site gym facilities, organize walking or running clubs, or offer fitness classes during lunch breaks or after work. Providing incentives for employees who meet fitness goals, such as gym memberships or fitness trackers, can also be a motivator.

Promote Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is also an important aspect of physical health. Employers can provide healthy snacks in the workplace, offer discounts on healthy food options, or provide cooking classes or nutrition workshops. Encouraging employees to take lunch breaks and providing healthy meal options can also make a significant difference.

Provide Ergonomic Workstations

Ergonomic workstations can help employees avoid repetitive strain injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders. Providing adjustable chairs, desks, and monitors can help employees maintain good posture and reduce the risk of injury.

Offer Wellness Programs

Wellness programs can provide employees with the tools and resources they need to maintain good physical health. These programs can include fitness challenges, nutrition workshops, stress reduction classes, and smoking cessation programs. Offering incentives for employees who participate in these programs is a great motivator.

Is Offering Healthcare Benefits to Your Employees Important?

Offering healthcare benefits is another important way to promote physical health in the workplace. Healthcare insurance provides employees with access to medical care, including preventative services such as annual check-ups, vaccinations, and cancer screenings. These health benefits are what employees want from employers because it shows how their management cares for their employees.

By offering healthcare insurance, employers can help their employees maintain good physical health and catch any health issues early on, leading to better health outcomes and lower healthcare costs in the long run. 

Conclusion: Business Depends on Employees’ Physical Health 

Promoting physical health in the workplace is essential for employers who want to improve productivity, reduce healthcare costs, and create a positive workplace culture. There are strategies that can make a significant difference and should be incorporated in the workplace. By prioritizing the physical health of their employees, employers can create a healthier, happier, and more successful workplace.

This article was written for WHN by Katherine Harington, who is a creative writer and health advocate. 

As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before changing your wellness routine. This article is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, recommendation, treatment, or endorsement.

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