Health is a very important aspect in everyone’s life. It is almost understood by everyone in life that the healthier you are, the more productive you can become. There are many ways great health can help us in everyday life, but what about businesses? How important is it for employers to ensure productivity to increase profits for their companies? How important is it for the employee to pursue a company funded fitness regimen and take advantage of what there company has to offer, as well as making their life expectancy increase? More and more companies are putting employee fitness and wellness higher on their agendas in an effort to cut healthcare costs, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, and offer more incentives to attract…show more content… Susan Newell believes that businesses need to promote the positive well-being of individuals, groups and societies in order to be successful. This is evident in the following statement:
If people can be educated to change their [health related] behavior and attitudes so that they are more resilient to all types of pressure, this should benefit both the individual, who will experience improved mental and physical health, and the organization, which will benefit from a less stressed, and by implication more productive, workforce. (Newell, 1995, p.69)
Fitness regimes in the workplace should be designed to appeal to staff irrespective of age, gender, or level of fitness. (4)
There are three major factors to consider when taking into account how employees health may effect job performance and make fitness in the workplace a more important focus: 1) decreases in healthcare cost, increasing productivity, and reducing absenteeism, 2) Increasing the awareness and importance of a healthy lifestyle through assertion of motivational factors to drive employees to improve their well-being, and (3) ultimately reducing stress between coworkers, employers, and employees improving their attitudes as they relate to contemplating a fitness regimen in the workplace.
Problem areas in not allowing or introducing a fitness regimen in the workplace
Cost of healthcare. In today’s society, much of an