If you are a business owner or manager then I’m sure you’ve come across US articles that suggest you receive a $3-$6 return on every dollar invested in an employee health program. But you may be unaware of some recent research that was conducted in our own backyard. A study conducted by Australia’s own Medibank Private revealed some alarming statistics:
· Healthy employees are nearly three times more productive than unhealthy employees
· Unhealthy employees take up to nine times more sick leave than their healthy colleagues
· Poor employee health and absenteeism is costing Australian business $7 billion annually.
(source: The health of Australia’s workforce, November 2005, Medibank Private)
With the current economic climate there is a real need to make sure that all your staff are as productive as they can possibly be. Some might think that the talent war of the last decade will be eased as the current economic downturn will cause a shift in supply and demand. This might have some truth but think about this…Right now, today, you need the most talented team that you have ever had. A team of employees so productive and efficient that they can produce results off their own back like never before. You need staff that turn up and ‘turn on’, rather than turn up and tune out! Your goal, should be to look after these talented staff members by finding out what motivates, engages and drives them…and then giving it too them. And most employee surveys will suggest that lifestyle will often be a bigger motivator than salary.
On-site Corporate Health Programs are a convenient way of providing staff the opportunity to get fit and healthy during the working day, therefore increasing productivity and also making staff feel like their employer values them beyond getting their ‘pound of flesh’.
Some of the benefits of on-site Corporate Health Programs include;
- Improved staff health and fitness
- Improved productivity
- Improved team morale and team bonding
- Reduced absenteeism
- Reduced stress
- Reduced compensation claims
- Improved work life balance
- Improved staff loyalty
Choosing appropriate interventions is a critical step in developing and delivering a results-oriented Corporate Health Program. Interventions can vary from on-site Health Assessments, On-site fitness classes, Goal Setting Consultations, and various lifestyle seminars. If you require more information regarding what interventions will be best suited to your company, please contact us at Pro-Fit Corporate Health.