employees – your human capital
I don’t care if you are a small business owner or leader of a large corporation, you know that talent is what separates you from the competition. I know I have spent a lot of money on search firms to find the perfect person, spent a lot of money on training and development for everyone in the organization to have the skills to compete, spent lots of money on meetings and communication to get the organization focused and motivated. Talent – a significant and important investment.
UNHEALTHY EMPLOYEES – A PRODUCTIVITY AND COST NIGHTMARE
Sad to say that most of our employees are not at peak health. That’s not to say that they’re sick – they just aren’t at their peak. They don’t exercise regularly, are stressed, eating poorly, probably not sleeping enough. The impact of these behaviors – sometimes it’s just not feeling 100% (know anyone why feels tip top every hour every day?). But frequently the result of these behaviors is high blood pressure or diabetes or being overweight or fatigue or backaches/neck pain/joint pain. Or maybe a combination of these. Get the facts/data from your benefits department -– lots of your employees are being treated for these conditions every day. And they are the people you are counting on – key sales managers, your top client relationship manager, the treasury associate who works you’re your lead bank every day. And because they aren’t 100% healthy, it means they really aren’t at their best. You are losing effectiveness and productivity. And it’s costing you cash - 70% of all healthcare costs in the U.S.are attributable to preventable risks and unhealthy choices including diet and lack of exercise. (Source: Wellness Council of America and The Center for Healthcare Economics)
EMPLOYEE TRAINING FOR HEALTH
There is value in teaching people to be healthy – reduced healthcare costs and improved productivity. You can actually help employees get exercise everyday and you don’t need to build a gym or let them come in late so they can get to a healthclub - they can get exercise in the office at their desk while they work – see www.beproactive.com or http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/31/an-olympians-cubicle-workout/?emc=eta1
MAKE YOUR HUMAN CAPITAL ASSET PRODUCTIVE.
A resource to help you do this - www.beproactive.com
And check out these sites for interesting information on health and performance