Health and productivity of employees at the workplace are closely intertwined, so it’s small wonder that companies are becoming more aggressive in ensuring that workers are in excellent physical condition. While some may dismiss corporate wellness programs as an encroachment on privacy, business leaders are unlikely to change their mind; after all, they have been hard pressed to find a solution to the rising costs of insurance premiums and health care.
The University of Michigan studied the health care expenditures of Steelcase Corporation and found that it paid $597 more yearly for each employee who drank excessively. Steelcase Corporation spent $488 more for each sedentary worker, $327 more for each employee with hypertension, and $284 more for a smoker.
Based on the findings of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, for every 100 U.S. workers:
27 suffer from a disease affecting the heart
24 suffer from high blood pressure
50 suffer from high cholesterol
26 suffer from obesity
10 drink heavily
50 seldom exercise
44 suffer from stress
One of the major health-related issues in the workplace which contributes to reduced productivity, absenteeism, and accidents while on the job is fatigue. A study which appeared in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine estimates that 40 out of 100 American workers experience fatigue.