Well at Work
Gallop Report: Unhealthy U.S. Workers’ Absenteeism Costs $153 Billion Annually
Unhealthy U.S. employees who miss work cost businesses more than $153 billion in lost productivity each year, according to a recent Gallop report.
The report found that overweight or obese workers with three or more chronic health conditions (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, frequent back pain, etc.) report an average of nearly four unhealthy days per month (about 42 days per year).
In contrast, normal weight workers with no chronic health conditions averaged only about four unhealthy days in an entire year. These healthy employees comprise just 14 percent of the U.S. workforce.
"Companies that create corporate wellness programs that truly engage employees, especially those individuals that have not regularly exercised in years, can create significant competitive advantage," says John Golden, president of Core Performance.
"When you consider the cost of lost time from employee absenteeism, companies could significantly reduce their labor expenses," Golden says. Wellness programs can also lower health care costs and help employees maximize productivity and improve their overall wellbeing.
To learn about Core Performance’s wellness program, visit CorePerformanceWellness.com.
About The Author
Scott Quill – Scott Quill is the Chief Editor of Athletes' Performance and Core Performance. Before joining Athletes' Performance, he was Fitness Editor of Men's Health magazine.