A Bad Use for $8 Billion
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Is absenteeism a problem in your office? Sure flexible work schedules and telecommuting policies aim to make it easier for employees to show up to work every day, but did you know there’s a correlation between obesity and absenteeism?
According to study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, absenteeism among obese workers costs U.S. employers roughly $8.65 billion each year.
The study shows that obese employees miss an extra 1.1 to 1.7 days of work each year compared with overweight or normal-weight employees. Additionally, there was no increase in absences for employees who were overweight but not obese.
Obesity accounted for an average 9.3 percent of total absenteeism costs, ranging from 6.5 percent in the District of Columbia to 12.6 percent in Arkansas. Understandably, the costs associated with obesity-related absences vary by state, mainly reflecting variations in average daily earnings.
At Assurance, we constantly preach the effect wellness has on your bottom line. Thankfully, there are proactive steps you can take to avoid these costs. Start by incorporating these tips for your desk-bound employees now. Make it goal to get your employees moving during 2015!
- Encouraging Wellness for Desk-Bound Employees
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- 4 Things You Can Do to Champion Wellness
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