Three ways for employers to build healthy communities--and healthy employees
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Historically, the private sector has shouldered the burden of direct and indirect health costs, including health plan premiums, workers’ compensation, disability, absenteeism, presenteeism, employee retention and turnover and low morale. According to the Public Health Institute, as much as 50 percent of company profits may go towards those costs. To date, worksite wellness programs have been widely adopted as a way to control health care spending, and to get employees involved. But as a recent report from the Vitality Institute confirms, the health of the workforce is linked to the overall health of the community. Employers who are committed to reducing health care costs and improving workforce productivity will need to broaden their approach to good health to reach the community. A national initiative to improve the health of all people through employer-community collaboration, “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Communities” is designed to help achieve this important goal.