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Many organizations that focus on the total health of their population and bottom line have strategically implemented both a safety and wellness program. Although we truly commend an employer for having these programs in place, we know the importance of taking this one step further: integrating these two initiatives is critical in impacting the health of your workforce.
We typically find that wellness and safety programs operate in silos – human resources focuses on a wellness program in an effort to lower overall healthcare costs and the risk management team focuses on a safety program in an effort to lower workers’ compensation costs. Both areas work to protect the well-being of employees. In theory this sounds wonderful, however, this model fails to acknowledge that employees with chronic health conditions, for example diabetes and obesity, often have more frequent and costly workers’ compensation claims.
By breaking down the silos and integrating these initiatives, employers are in a much better position to realize effective and sustainable cost containment. If you still need a little convincing, consider these facts on obese workers from Gallup, Duke University Medical Center and TheStateOfObesity.org:
- Number of work-related injuries are 25% higher
- Workers’ compensation (WC) medical claims are 7x higher
- Absenteeism increases by 10x for work injuries or illnesses
So, break those walls down and start collaborating with each other. You are, after all, on the same mission to protect your workforce!
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