Running head: PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Promoting Health and Wellness in the Workplace
University of Phoenix
Mar 10, 2008
Promoting Health and Wellness in the Workplace
Being healthy is an important aspect in every individual’s life. Everyone wants to live a full healthy life so they can live as long as possible and live life without many health complications. Currently, there are more and more businesses that are starting to promote health and wellness within their company. It is important for companies to promote health and wellness because it can reduce workers compensation, increase employee productivity, and can help support a company’s health requirements. Companies should also offer health and wellness programs that include preventive measures, health insurance education, and the program should address the top ranked health concerns within their company. A major company called MGM Mirage has been making major changes to promote health and wellness in their company. Even though some businesses do not promote health and wellness, all businesses should because it helps raise awareness and it can only be beneficial for the company.
Workers compensation is a requirement in every business. “Workers' compensation is a mandatory type of business insurance that provides employees who become injured or ill while on the job with medical coverage and income replacement. It also protects companies from being sued by employees for the workplace conditions that caused such an injury or illness.” (Workers Compensation) By providing health and wellness awareness a company can see a drop in the cost they would normally spend on workers compenation. By reducing the number of injuries on the job, the company would therefore reduce the amount spent on the cost of injuries. Promoting health and wellness can also increase employee productivity. If more employees are aware of their current health and are trying to stay as healthy as possible, a company should have fewer employee’s calling in due to health issues. By having fewer employees calling in due to health issues, that should augment the company’s employee productivity. (Retention Strategies) This is extremely important for small businesses as well. For a large company that has many workers, it is easy for them to cover employees who call in. For a smaller company with fewer employees it is harder for them to cover the employees who call in, therefore having a significant amount of decrease in their productivity. A smaller company has a stronger need for their employees to attend work because it has a higher affect on their productivity. Promoting health and wellness can also help support a company’s health requirements. There are some health providers that companies use that even require some sort of health awareness to be included with their health benefits. According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act a person can not be denied health benefits or charged more for benefits because of any health issues. (FAQs About The HIPAA Nondiscrimination Requirements) Since a company is not allowed to deny an employee benefits or charge more for certain health issues, it is the company’s best interest to promote health and wellness to people that do have health issues. By having employees who try to live a healthly standard of living it can reduce the amount of money the company spends towards health benefits.
A company’s health and wellness program should include preventive measures. Preventing injuries on the job is imperative because it also reduces workers compensation. “In the interest of preventing injuries and harmful exposure-related health problems, employers should consider bringing in an industrial hygienist for an evaluation.” (Bell, 2003) A company can even bring in a person to evaluate their current health risks to help produce their company ‘s preventive measures. Preventive...
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