The cost of health is less than the cost of disease – Although some organisations continue on spending more money to pull people out of the river, rather than spending proactively up stream to stop people falling in the river in the first place. Preventing absenteeism, illness, injury and disease, as well as supporting the healthy individuals you already have, is a serious economic strategy that will increase your bottom line.
Our goal is to change the corporate focus upon health and wellbeing in three ways;
- From health as the absence of disease to health as vitality, energy and fulfillment.
- From the cost of healthcare (sick care) to the value of wellbeing programs.
- From individual behaviour change to a supportive culture of health.
The root issue will always be based upon individual behaviour change. However, any healthy individual changes may not be permanent if they simply return to the environment where the health risks were initially created. Therefore, companies must endeavor to create healthy environments that encourage and support their staff to maintain a high health status over the long term.
Some corporate health providers will convince companies to spend huge amounts on interactive healthy intranets. This could be that last thing we need, as we are not losing this battle due to a lack of information rather than a lack of execution! We must continue to push action orientated interventions that will get people moving and executing all the great healthy ideas they already have. Examples are as follows;
- Annual or bi-annual Health Checks (blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, BMI, etc)
- On-site Fitness Classes or Gym
- Health and Lifestyle workshops
- Intervention Programs (90 Day Challenge, Sleep and Fatigue Management program, etc)
- Incentive based programs
- Flexible working hours
No company will be successful in the global marketplace without healthy and productive people. Unless we integrate a culture of health into the way we work, we lose our competitive advantage and our highly valued way of life. We have to change, we have to do it together, and we have to do it fast.
Chris Males is one of the countries freshest corporate speakers on the topics of Health, Stress Management and Productivity. He is also the Managing Director of Pro-Fit Corporate Health, a national Corporate Health and Wellbeing provider. To contact Chris please email email@example.com or phone 02 62915902.