You might be wondering do healthy employees really cost less?
It’s true they do.
What does good health look like to you? It’s looking your best and feeling good about you and those around you. You enjoy the full experience of a robust life. When you are healthy you don’t think about what it would be like to not be healthy.
If you have ever been really sick you know being unhealthy can be very expensive. Sickness eats up your time, energy, and paycheck. When you are sick, all you think about is being sick and how to get better. Being sick costs you in doctor bills, medical treatments, medications, and hospital visits. When you are sick, you spend more money insurance premiums, co pays and sometimes your insurance coverage is even canceled sometimes. You use your benefits up too; sick time, vacation days and time off without pay.
Sickness can be financially devastating even if you are sick for a short period of time.
Being sick costs your company too. When you’re sick your company pays more money for insurance premiums because more of their money goes to sick care instead of making the company stronger and financially fit. When you’re sick, you get behind on the daily tasks that need to be done adding more work for you co-workers.
For entrepreneurial businesses owners and smaller companies, the financial stress is greater when the operations of the company depend on you.
So what do you do? Go to work when you’re sick? Did you know that costs money too? Going to work sick only spread those germs to your co-workers resulting in more sick time and medical bills. When you go to work sick, you don’t have your mind on your work so you are less efficient resulting in a work “slow down”. Working slow, being less productive, and doctor bills come at a pretty high price. What do you do?
Disease prevention and health promotion are the keys to living a long healthy life. It’s not enough to know what to do to stay healthy; we need to recognize how neglecting our health sets us back. That’s where the work place comes in. At work we learn to be productive, help other people, and become engaged in a meaningful life. How about we learn how to be healthy from work too, then we can all join in making the world a healthier place.
The bottom line is prevention benefits everyone and healthy employees do cost less.
“an ounce of’ prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Your partner in health,