The secret to a healthier bottom line in 2012? Healthier employees!
Most business owners, like most Americans, look to the start of the New Year as a great time to make resolutions for changes in both their lives and their businesses.
For individuals, the most common resolutions involve ways to improve their health. For business owners, the resolutions typically focus on ways to improve the bottom line.
Interestingly enough, these two resolutions have a lot in common.
For those companies looking to create a healthier bottom line in 2012, one simple way to do it is to help create healthier employees.
Research has shown time and again that a healthier workforce results in a more productive workforce as well as fewer hours lost to employee absences. In addition, a healthier workforce can give you more control over continually increasing healthcare costs.
Creating a healthier workforce, however, is not simply a matter of encouraging employees to eat better and work out more, although those are certainly two good ideas.
If you are a business owner who really wants to significantly improve the overall health of your employees (and your bottom line), however, you have to understand the current state of their health.
Since 2003 we have performed health screenings on tens of thousands of employees at hundreds of businesses and organizations nationwide, from the national retail chain Gamestop to the City of Richardson. And what we’ve discovered is that no two companies have the same exact needs, although there are similarities among employees within the same industry.
For example, employees in some industries may typically have issues related to diabetes or obesity, while employees in another may be more prone to issues like high blood pressure or heart disease.
The results often surprise the owners and, in some cases, have saved lives of their employees. It’s not uncommon to find issues such as undiagnosed diabetes, men with elevated PSA readings (prostate cancer), out of range thyroid readings or significant plaque formation in the carotid arteries — all potentially deadly diseases if left unchecked.
Once a company knows the state of health among its employees, it can then develop a wellness program designed to address specific issues.
The results are programs that create healthier and more productive employees and help you keep your resolution of improving the health of your company’s bottom line.