This article is written by Alison Wright, Nutritionist, Health Educator and Director of Alimentary, a Career Money Life Certified Supplier. You can view the original article here.
If you had to picture the ideal employee, it would probably be someone who turns up to work every day with a great attitude; a team player who is focused, productive and engaged in the business. Yet in reality, many employees are struggling to cope with issues both inside and outside the work environment. High levels of stress associated with modern living, as well as poor nutrition and lifestyle choices have given rise to ever increasing numbers of people in poor health, with decreased resilience and immunity as well as low mood and limited energy.
How does this affect the workplace? Australian business is losing $10.11 billion annually through stress-related absenteeism. Presenteeism, which is the cost to business of employees coming into work whilst they are unwell, was estimated in 2010 as $34.1 billion annually – nearly four times the cost of absenteeism.
And the major cause of presenteeism? Chronic disease. Chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disease, mental health and respiratory disease are on the rise and now account for approximately 85% of the burden of disease in Australia.
How can you lessen the impact on your business? In many cases, chronic disease is almost entirely preventable through changes to diet and lifestyle. The problem is that many people don’t know how to start. What changes should they make to their nutrition? How can they boost their energy and feel better? Everyone wants to improve their health but who can they trust to give them the right advice? Where can they get the motivation? Living well has never seemed so complicated.
Managing employee health is now becoming an essential part of the strategy for a successful business. With many chronic diseases being largely preventable through better nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices, the challenge for employers is finding ways to motivate and encourage their workforce into taking better care of their health.
Investments in prevention, health risk reduction and disease management programs have demonstrated returns on investment, and are a viable way for businesses to address the health of their employees as well as the health of their bottom line.
Alimentary, part of the Career Money Life Supplier Community, delivers individual consultations as well as nutrition workshops, seminars, and consultations to the workplace.
Give your employees the opportunity to be their healthiest and happiest selves by enabling them to select health and wellness benefits that best suit their needs. Contact Career Money Life or book a demo to learn more about our Health and Wellbeing Programs.