Corporate Activities to Improve the Health of Your Employees
The health and wellness of an employee can have a direct impact on the success of a company. Most employees spend more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else, making it a prime venue for promoting healthy habits. Implementation of workplace health and wellness corporate solutions are increasing. The many benefits to a workplace wellness program for the employee include weight reduction, improved physical fitness, increased stamina, lower stress and increased well-being. Employers would benefit from increased productivity, reduced employee absenteeism, decreased rate of illness and workplace injuries, as well as improved employee relations and morale.
Health and wellness corporate solutions can directly relate to workplace injury outcomes. Injuries may be preventable with improved workforce health, potentially reducing the severity of an injury, increasing the speed of recovery from an injury and in turn reducing time away from work due to an injury.
Ohio BWC cites America’s Health Rankings 2016 annual report when providing statistics regarding the health status of Ohioans.
A few of the most common employee ailments include obesity, diabetes, mental and/or physical distress, cardiovascular disease and physical inactivity. A Duke University study noted that obese workers file twice as many Workers’ Compensation claims as those who are not obese and they miss 13 more days of work per injury. The Center for Health Promotion noted that businesses pay an average of $2,189 in workers compensation costs for smokers compared with an average of $176 for nonsmokers. Time away from work increased 30% for a musculoskeletal claim with just one additional existing disease or condition.
The future of occupational safety is integrating employee’s protection with health and wellness corporate solutions. Firelands Regional Medical Center Corporate Health offers options for health screening of your employees and we have the ability to come on-site for many of our services. Please contact us to discuss a screening program tailored to your needs.
Benefits of Handwashing
Promote Handwashing in Your Organization
Handwashing is an easy, inexpensive, and effective wellness corporate solution; an easy way to prevent the spread of germs and keep employees healthy. Handwashing gives people the opportunity to take an active role in their own health. Most handwashing studies have focused on child care or health care settings. The few that have looked at corporate settings show that promoting clean hands results in fewer employee sick days. Let's take a look at the proven benefits of handwashing.
Germs can spread quickly. A healthier community means healthier employees. One of the benefits of handwashing is stopping the spread of disease. Handwashing education in the community:
- Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31 percent
- Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58 percent
- Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 21 percent
Saving Time and Money
Handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness to others. Why? Because the second of many benefits of handwashing can save you, an employer, time and money.
Sick employees are less productive even when they come to work. They may also spread illness to others at work. One recent study promoting clean hands in corporate environments showed:
- Fewer employee illnesses
- Less use of sick days
Helping Families and Workforces Thrive
Employees with healthy children spend less time away from work taking care of sick children, are more productive at work when not dealing with family illness, and get sick less often themselves. As one of the most influential benefits of handwashing for you, employers should promote employee handwashing and encourage them to also:
- Teach their children good handwashing technique
- Remind children to wash their hands
- Wash hands with their children
Despite widespread knowledge of the importance of handwashing, there is still room for improvement. A recent study showed that only 31 percent of men and 65 percent of women washed their hands after using a public restroom.