“Eat your fruits and vegetables” was something most of us heard from our mothers growing up. But would you believe that same suggestion could actually help your employees to produce better results in their jobs? It’s true, according to a recent study from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
The study found that improved job performance and reduced absenteeism were present in employees who led healthy lifestyles. Specifically, their data showed that employees who were healthy eaters, regular exercisers, non-obese – and yes, even those who regularly ate their fruits and vegetables – performed better on the job and missed less workdays compared to other employees.
The Time to Start Impacting Employee Health is NOW
At InfoCision, we have long said that a healthier employee is a happier employee, who is going to perform better for the company and our clients. That’s why we implemented a comprehensive employee health and wellness program in 2006 that includes on-site fitness and wellness centers, fitness contests, health fairs, regular health information dissemination, and free smoking cessation programs among other things.
I’m sharing this report because I hope more companies will give serious thought to employee health’s effect on a business. Increasingly we have seen reports such as this come out, and it is becoming more and more evident that helping your employees be healthy is more than just the right thing to do; it’s a sound business decision that can boost your company’s performance and actually curb the rising cost of your health insurance premiums – as it has here at InfoCision.
If you have any observations on the study or suggestions for employers to help their workers be healthier, please leave a comment below. I’d enjoy reading your thoughts.