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Healthy Employees Cut Business Costs

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on January 24, 2008

Business owners continue to discover that making wellness a priority in the workplace boosts their bottom line, according to the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE).

Wellness programs not only may help cut medical and disability costs, they can reduce absenteeism, increase mental clarity, and promote a greater sense of well-being among workers. Business owners who wish to increase wellness for themselves or their employees should consider these tips:

•Create a smoke-free environment. Besides the health risks of smoking, some people are allergic to smoke. You can help your employees quit smoking by instituting incentive programs. Designate smoking areas outside at least 15 feet from any entryways. If you own a restaurant with a smoking section, consider buying equipment that effectively filters smoke.

•Build in breaks. Make sure employees periodically take a breather, especially on hectic days. Conduct walking meetings so everybody gets a stress-buster. Even small doses of exercise help dissipate stress hormones.

•Don’t let stress cause sickness. When under strain, good health habits tend to slide. It’s a good idea to have nutritious snacks and drinks available at your workplace. Encourage your employees to develop a sleep schedule.

•Clean often. Schedule regular cleanings of the workplace—or, if you’re home-based, your home’s ventilation system—which can cut down on allergic reactions and illness. Over time, dust and allergen particles build up in air filters. By changing the filters on a routine basis, you rid your business of undesirable particles that can trigger sneezing or coughing.

•Keep a steady supply of water on hand. Consider keeping a water cooler or bottled water in a common area of the office. Water strengthens the immune system by cleansing the body of viruses and bacteria, leading to fewer missed workdays.

Gene Fairbrother
ShopTalk 800® Business Consultant
National Association for the Self-Employed

Reader Comments


January 30, 2008 9:52 AM

Great mention of the water. This is definitely an oversight for many employers. Don't forget how much it helps your joints as well!

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