How to Maintain a Healthy Workforce at Your Organization

Aug 23, 2021 by EMPWellness Admin

A healthy workforce can save your organization money in a number of ways. In fact, the Integrated Benefits Institute reports that poor health and illnesses result in 1.4 billion days of employee absenteeism each year, costing U.S. employers $530 billion annually in lost productivity. This ultimately manifests in an added cost of $0.60 for every dollar that employers spend on health care benefits.

To avoid this at your company, encourage colleagues to take care of their health in order to maximize productivity and decrease absenteeism. Also consider investing in health and wellness programs, offering health coaches, on-site gyms, and nutritious food options to reduce lost work days, boost workplace productivity and add to the bottom line. A few strategies can help motivate employees to achieve and maintain optimal health; here are five you could implement at your workplace.


1. Encourage Staff to Utilize Health Benefits

Employees who regularly utilize their health benefits, typically attend routine wellness checkups and dental cleanings, lowering their risk of developing gum disease, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Your organization can offer incentives for employees who schedule regular health checkups—which are often fully covered by insurance—as this can prevent more serious health complications and added health care costs from arising.


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2. Offer Workplace Wellness Rooms


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Employee wellness rooms serve numerous purposes and have been introduced at many businesses in recent years. These spaces are private areas employees can use for a number of reasons, including:

Wellness rooms are a perk many employees appreciate; offering one at your office can enhance employees’ mental health in addition to their physical well-being.


3. Create Workplace Wellness Programs


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Employee wellness programs can improve workers’ health and save your company money over time. These offerings may involve screening employees for health risks through biometric scans or health risk assessments—in addition to utilizing on-site health coaches who promote healthy lifestyles with education and smoking cessation tactics as well as dietary and weight loss counseling.

Wellness programs may include the use of fitness trackers, workplace wellness/fitness competitions, even the use of standing desks to increase calorie expenditure and movement throughout the day. Such programs encourage employees to use health and wellness apps or online resources for free workouts.

A 2017 study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion found that a healthier workforce improves productivity, lowers direct health care costs, decreases employee absenteeism and can save mid-sized companies almost $9,000 in just a two-year period.


4. Provide an On-Site Exercise Facility


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With all the hustle and bustle of work, taking care of children and spending time with friends and family, many employees have difficulty finding time to exercise. Offering an on-site exercise area (stocked with fitness equipment or a schedule of exercise classes) makes it easier for employees to squeeze in workouts and take better care of their health. They can save money on gym memberships, save time driving to and from off-site gyms and reap the convenience of a pre- or post-lunch exercise session.


5. Offer Healthy Foods in the Office


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Instead of stocking vending machines with sugary treats and other processed foods, try offering colleagues healthy workplace vending machine snacks. Examples include:

If your facility has an on-site café, consider offering healthy protein shakes, fruit or veggie smoothies, salads, lean meat or poultry, eggs, whole grains, legumes and other heart-friendly menu items that promote healthy weight management.


Getting Started

Maintaining a healthy workforce involves more than just encouraging staff to take care of themselves. Provide your colleagues with the tools needed to become successful and look (and feel) their best. Offer incentives for participating in wellness programs, on-site health screenings, workplace health competitions and on-site fitness classes. EmpWellness can drastically enhance productivity, and potentially improve your company’s bottom line!


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