Working Conditions and Wellness Programs

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Working Conditions Do you think an overweight employee who chooses not to participate in a wellness program should be penalized? Yes, an overweight employee that does not participate in a wellness program should be penalized. This is because different studies are showing that these individuals are less productive and will increase the overall costs for health insurance. Evidence of this can be seen in a study that was conducted by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). They found that individuals who are overweight or obese will experience a number of physical issues with the study concluding, "There is increasing evidence that obesity and overweight issues may be related, in part, to adverse work conditions. In particular, the risk of obesity may increase in high-demand, low-control work environments, and for those who work long hours. In addition, obesity may modify the risk for vibration-induced injury and certain occupational musculoskeletal disorders." This is illustrating how these employees are not as beneficial. (Schulte, 2007) Commenting about these findings is Dr. John Howard of the NIOSH who said, "Traditionally, practitioners have looked at 'wellness' and 'health promotion' in isolation from occupational health concerns arising out of work itself. Increasingly, however, in the face of spiraling medical costs, health professionals and scientists recognize that it makes sense to address health issues holistically. One area that
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