Poor employee health and absenteeism is costing Australian businesses $7 billion annually
Life Chiropractic is a boutique provider of innovative and successful corporate health services.
We provide health management programs that are designed to maximise workplace performance, minimise workplace health problems and related costs to businesses, and help businesses create a culture of care and commitment.
Are we almost out of fuel to run the world?
I believe that energy management is the answer to most individual health problems and most companies’ productivity problems.
For years we’ve been asking this question about our oil supply. It’s an important, frightening question. But at Life Chiropractic we are at least as interested in a slight variation on it: Are we almost out of human fuel to run the world?
We now consume human energy at an unprecedented rate. Yet for far too many of us, the human energy well has run dangerously dry?
In our 15 years of running a wellbeing health care office we have seen too many “walking dead”. People whose lives, particularly whose jobs, make more and more demands on them until, finally, they’ve started to break down physically, the light slowly leaving them. In sport this condition is called overtraining. No amount of youthful vigour can alter this basic equation – you cannot expend more energy than you create.
Each individual energy crisis robs that person of the ability to participate, and participate well, in his or her own life, in the workplace, in significant relationships and in society.
A Medibank Private study has found that the healthiest Australian employees are almost three times more productive than their unhealthy colleagues.
An ageing workforce, and a skills shortage faced by many industries, is making the issue of employee health more pressing for employers. Many employers are becoming increasingly engaged in the health of their employees not only to be socially responsible, but to improve company performance.
Studies suggest that employees with poor overall health status are far more likely to be absent from work, and are nine times more likely to have sick days, compared to healthy employees. Lifestyle ‘risk’ factors such as smoking, drinking, lack of physical activity and excess weight contribute to this time away from work. Employee morale and stress in the workforce contributed significantly to absenteeism and sick leave.
“Work place physical activity programs can reduce short term sick leave (by up to 32 percent), reduce health care costs (by up to 50 percent), and increase productivity (by up to 52 percent).”
The Medibank Private survey found that Australian employees with poor health behaviours have up to nine times the annual sickness absence of healthy individuals (18 days compared to two days per year)
Presenteeism considers the extent to which employees are productive and engaged in their work.
The study also examined how health status relates to self-assessed work performance (on a scale of 0-10) for this group of working Australians.
The results show a clear association between performance at work and overall health status.
Workers with a high HWB score rated their work performance much higher. In fact, there is a twofold better work performance for the healthiest individuals compared to the least healthy
A literature review by Monash University, commissioned by Medibank Private, examined the role of workplace health on work performance. A review of literature from more than 152 studies worldwide was consistent with the findings of the Australian online survey – that health impacts upon productivity at work. For example, a Canadian study examining the link between an employee’s emotional well-being and their work productivity found that a 20% reduction in a person’s well-being leads to a 10% drop in their performance. Conversely, a 20% improvement in morale leads to a reduction in absenteeism, turnover and workers compensation
The effects of a healthy workforce
Findings from workplace studies reviewed by Monash University suggest that companies that introduce workplace health programs enhance employee performance.
Research has found:
- economic benefits of health and safety activities4 as they help curb absenteeism5 and enhance productivity and efficiency6;
- employees that participate in workplace fitness programs report improvements in anxiety, stress and psychological well-being7; and
- Importantly, even employees who don’t utilise programs and benefits are still more likely to be loyal and satisfied with the organisation for being offered the program in the first place8
Energy management series
The most precious resource we have as human beings is energy. Most of us however, pay little attention to responsibly managing this finite resource.
We are quick to acknowledge the importance of skilfully managing time and money but, for whatever reason, failed to apply the same logic and sense of urgency to managing our energy. We consume energy with little or no regard for where it comes from or how it is produced. When the demands of life require more energy, we simply expect our bodies to ante more of it. When additional energy isn’t there, we are mystified and frustrated.
You have heard the old saying you are what you eat. You also are how and how often you exercise. You’re how well you sleep and recover. In short you are how you take care of yourself. Energy is at the heart of everything. If you lack energy all aspects of life become more difficult, your time at work, with your children or with your spouse. Energy and therefore life it is important that you write exercise regularly and get proper sleep. It’s not a complicated equation
Life Chiropractic’s dynamic and effective Energy Management series is a powerful way to improve the health, happiness and productivity of your staff.
Seminars can be scheduled to support other health promotion activities, as part of a series, or as a stand-alone item e.g. in a lunch-time session or at a conference.
Energy management series
- Food for life Believe it or not there is a strategy for how you should eat and unfortunately it is not as simple as counting calories and/or avoiding fat. These methods will not guarantee optimal performance, energy or health. In this workshop we explore strategic eating to maximise energy, health and engagement.
- Movement for life Learn how to apply strategic movement changes to maximise your staffs energy, health and productivity. The connection between movement and engagement is compelling. Understanding the link between movement, energy and engagement is essential.
- Thoughts for life So many of us think of happiness as purely experiencing positive emotions. But is living an emotionally gratifying life really enough? Is experiencing positive emotions a sufficient condition for happiness? The answer is no. Experiencing positive emotions is necessary but no sufficient for happiness. This pivotal workshop gets to the route of happiness and what fuels our life.
- Rest for life 56% of the employees surveyed get less than seven hours sleep per night with 22% reporting feeling un-refreshed or exhausted during work, putting them at increased risk of road and work accidents.
To see how our team can help improve employee productivity, performance and decrease the costs associated with absenteeism and presenteeism please contact Dr Angus Pyke on 9646 1414 or email [email protected]