Posted on Jun 9, 2014 @reaction_admin@

Workplace Health Plans Help Productivity

By Robert Boroff

Healthier employees give corporations a greater competitive advantages by maintaining a higher level of productivity and lower health-care costs, according to a new book.

Workplace wellness programs that will help workers stay healthy is a must in the wake of rising health-care costs, advises Tom Weede, author of “The Entrepreneur Diet: The On-the-Go Plan for Fitness, Weight Loss and Healthy Living.”

According to Weede, large corporations can realize a nearly $5 savings for every dollar spent on making workers healthier, while small businesses can realize a return by using creative strategies.

“In talking to small business owners for ‘The Entrepreneur Diet,’ I found that many were really creative in how they brought a healthy culture to their company,” Weede said.

Arrow Bullet Make exercise a work goal by offering incentives
Arrow Bullet Offer healthy snacks in the break room vending machines and in the lunchroom
Arrow Bullet Give a health-related benefit like a gym membership, day at the spa or other perk to those meeting health goals
Arrow Bullet Use newsletters and paycheck inserts to keep health and fitness goals in the minds of employees
Arrow Bullet Offer suggestions for easy fitness options, like nearby walking tracks

“Creating a healthy work environment can be done with a minimal budget,” Weede said. “And it not only makes for fitter, more productive employees, it also encourages wonderful workplace camaraderie.”

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