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Healthy Employees = Healthier  Business

There are risk factors that cost companies thousands due to the health and well-being of their employees.

During these long, very wet winter months, not to mention the lazy days of summer, you might ask how can you increase productivity, mental sharpness and optimal performance in your employees?

Once stated in a SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Foundation Study, high-performance companies clearly understand the health and work behavior equation. 

This is why more than 75% of high performing companies surveyed said “they regularly measure health status as a component of their overall risk management strategy.”

Check out these stats:

Risk Factor / Health Condition – Percentage of Workers

low intake of fruits and vegetables - 76.6%

overweight\obesity - 63.1%

physical inactivity - 49.0%

high stress - 43.0%

my cholesterol - 37.5%

high blood pressure - 28.7%

arthritis - 26.0%

cigarette smoking – 20.6%

asthma - 8.8%

diabetes mellitus - 8.3%

depression - 6.4%

migraine headache - 6.0%

alcohol abuse - 5.0%

What is amazing is that 75% of all sickness and disease is preventable.

It all starts with education and understanding! We don’t know what we don’t know … but when the information is presented before us it’s just one small step in the right direction!

"One unhealthy employee jeopardizes your entire team's mental and physical well-being"

Investing in your employees is a wise choice because they are your number one asset!

When an employee is physically and mentally healthy, rested and focused, their performance will be at their best. Not to mention the cost in health care will be less and the companies ROI will be higher!  

Imagine, if we could get ahead of the game just a bit. This article in Business News Daily said “Prevention is better than a cure. One unhealthy employee jeopardizes your entire team's mental and physical well-being. By creating a culture that values health and wellness, you're showing employees that you care about them while potentially saving your company from high turnover and absenteeism rates.”

But wait there's more!

Employees call in sick for other reasons too. When a child is sick who usually takes off work to stay home with them?

What about a sick family member that needs tending?  According to, an employee is entitled to use up to 12 weeks (480 hours) of sick leave each leave year to provide care for a family member with a serious health condition.

Imagine what it cost the company not having that employee at work doing their job.

Think about that employee. If they’re not compensated for taking off, it definitely can be detrimental to their finances and work ethic.

Then there is this interesting twist ...

Employees that don’t take off work when they’re sick! What are the consequences then?

Not only are they operating less effectively because they’re not feeling well but also can contribute to others being sick if they’re contagious.

So ...

I ask...

What is that first step that you will do for your employees?

… the step which will benefit the foundation and bottom line of your company?

written by Miranda Griffin,

Healthy MidSouth Catalyst

Juice Plus+ Wellness Coordinator

For more information for a simple way to bridge the gap of what you do eat and what you should eat, check out her website: wwwEatYourVeggies.Net

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