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Investing in the health of your workforce makes good business sense. People are usually the most valuable asset in any business and employers are increasingly realising that having a healthy and happy workforce is just as important as investing in maintaining other assets.
Did you know that a healthy workforce can be three times as productive as an unhealthy one?
Between 2011 and 2012, approximately 27 million working days were lost due to workplace injury and ill-health. The promotion of health within the workplace has been associated with significant improvements in employee absenteeism and job satisfaction.
Several companies are now introducing a ‘Health MOT' for its workers in the workplace. This is where a health professional offers mini consultations to workers and carries out basic tests into their health and well-being in the workplace. This service can be provided to businesses at a relatively low cost (in comparison to the high cost and potentially damaging impact of sickness absence) and the conditions that can be tested for include:
Using an early warning system of basic tests can be extremely effective in detecting the onset of health problems. Early diagnosis of many of these conditions can help to prevent long-term sickness absence from work. It has also been proven that providing health services at work boosts morale amongst staff and strengthens trust between managers and employees.
Natasha Smith, Employment Lawyer and Pam Loch, Managing Partner of niche employment law practice, Loch Associates Employment Lawyers and Managing Director of HR Advise Me Limited.
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