Poor Health Habits Of Employees

1383 Words Feb 10th, 2015 6 Pages
INTRODUCTION

The issue of poor health habits of employees has resulted in growing rates of chronic disease, together with the rising cost of health benefits, increased absenteeism and reduction in productivity (Mujtaba, 2013). The decline in workforce health also adds to increased health related expenses. This includes both direct medical payments and indirect expenses resulting from absenteeism or presenteeism (loss of productivity when employees not fully functioning because of illness or medical conditions) (MedicineNet, n.d.).

These issues have produced a renewed interest in creating a culture of health within the City’s workforce by instituting workplace wellness programs to be made available to the City’s employees. By
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ANALYSIS

According to the 2012 HHS Report to Congress on Workplace Wellness, worksite wellness programs are cost beneficial, saving companies money in health care expenditures and producing a positive return on investment for implementing the program. The Affordable Care Act includes provisions intended to encourage workplace health promotion and prevention as a means to reduce the burden of chronic illness, improve health and slow the growth of health care costs (HHS, 2012).

In 2013, the RAND Corporation conducted a study for the U.S Department of Labor (DOL) on workplace wellness programs. The study focused on four diverse organizations, one of which was a state governmental agency. The state agency’s goal was to develop a program that could reduce risks of chronic disease risks among its employees as well as create a prototype for a wellness program that could be utilized throughout the entire state governmental system. Those employees who participated in the program indicated that “wellness activities helped employees develop team spirit and social connectivity within the agencies” (DOL, p.33,
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