Keeping Employees Healthy Proves Profitable For Business and Employees

Keeping Employees Healthy Proves Profitable For Business and Employees

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Every company strives not only to deliver the best products and services to their customers, but also to deliver a high quality workplace to its employees. Employees who are happy in their jobs are likely to have a greater loyalty to the company as a whole and will remain with the company for a long time. Low turnover means more employees with an intimate and thorough understanding of the company and who are, as a result, better suited to represent the company. Companies spend a large part of their budgets on ways to keep employees engaged, motivated and, above all else, happy. According to experts, one simple way to help achieve this goal is to help employees stay healthy.

In a study released in 2012 and conducted by International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans,

Council Directive 89/391/EEC of 12 June 1989 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work

researchers found that companies were experiencing tangible, real world benefits from investing in employee wellness programs as well as actively encouraging a healthier lifestyle. More than 600 Human Resource professionals and benefits executives took part in the study and, by far, the biggest gains were seen in overall productivity. Additionally, though, companies also saw a lowering of health care costs overall as well. Although the results were not instantaneous, the companies reported a long term return on investment for their increased role in employee care.

One easy way to help support overall employee health is for companies to do what they can to give their employees the safest and most sanitary work conditions.

headphone covers

For those working In the service and sales sector this can be achieved through simple sanitation measures such as using disposable covers for headphones, earpieces and microphones. A small investment in these easy to use, disposable covers prevents the spread of germs throughout the year and encourages an all around healthier work environment. Taking such a simple step requires very little investment on the part of a company and can add to the return on investment as part of a whole office healthcare campaign.

The benefits of investing in the promotion of employee health and wellness can directly benefit the company both in terms of employee satisfaction as well as increased productivity. It can also cut back on health related expenses, including the expense incurred when large numbers of employees become infected with a cold or flu virus which is spread through less than sanitary conditions. Simple efforts such as making hand sanitizer available and using disposable headset and microphone covers can stop germs in their tracks and further contribute to keeping employees healthy and happy.

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