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Healthier Employees: Why Your Small Business Needs Them

Whether you’re an owner of a small business or even employed by one – nutrition, fitness and stress relief needs to be addressed by the employer.  Why?  Do businesses want to succeed?  Do they want to be profitable?  Same goes for the employees here. Let me first throw some massive statistics at you, then you’ll understand why you need healthier employees!


Each year in the United States productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 BILLION, or $1,685 per employee. Four of the ten most expensive health conditions for U.S. employers are related to heart disease and stroke, including high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, and chest pain. (Source: CDC, International Monetary Fund)

Full-time workers in the United States who are overweight or obese and have other chronic health problems miss about 450 million more days of work than healthy workers.  This costs more than $153 Billion a year in lost productivity. (Source: 2011 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index)

It really does make a difference

Companies that have exemplary safety, health and environmental programs outperformed the S&P 500 by between 3 and 5 percent. Workers who ate healthful meals and exercised on a regular basis had better job performance and lower absenteeism. (Source: research from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), Brigham Young University and the Center for Health Research at Healthways)

Research also shows employees who eat healthy all day long were 25 percent more likely to have higher job performance.  Those who eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables at least four times a week were 20 percent more likely to be more productive.

Overall, absenteeism was 27 percent lower for those workers who ate healthily and regularly exercised. Their job performance was 11 percent higher than their peers who were obese.

In Summary

Overweight workers experienced lower job performance and higher absenteeism. According to a Quantum Workplace report, employees are 14 percent more engaged when provided time off to recharge. Workers are 10 percent more engaged when provided healthy food options. And when they are provided time for healthy activities and a flexible schedule they are 18 percent more engaged.

Large employers have bought into the idea but struggle to measure the exact impact. According to a Willis survey, 93 percent believe that healthier employees are more productive, yet very few are measuring the impact of productivity on employees’ absenteeism, FMLA, and presenteeism.

More importantly, it’s time to look closer at the productivity and happiness of your workforce no matter how big or small.  At Revolution Wellness, we work with individuals as well as groups providing education, counseling, and coaching to not only benefit your valuable team members but also your livelihood!  Contact us today!

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