Fit For Work Cut Back On Indirect Costs Of Unhealthy Workforce With Customized Programs

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In 2011, The Wellness Council of America reports that the indirect costs associated with an unhealthy workforce are often two to three times that of the direct medical costs and more than triple that of worker’s compensation. Fit for Work, a San Antonio-based Occupational Health and Industrial Medicine firm, offers a unique approach to worksite wellness via customized programming based on education.

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The potential return on investment is ultimately less turnover, less absenteeism, greater satisfaction in employment, better recruitment and sustained success of companies.

Each year companies lose millions of dollars as a result of ever increasing healthcare costs. These losses are not simply a direct result of rising employer sponsored health insurance premiums or workman’s compensation claims. In fact, much of today’s employer healthcare costs are result of an unhealthy workforce. Fit for Work, a San Antonio-based Occupational Health and Industrial Medicine firm, offers a unique approach to worksite wellness via customized programming based on education.

In 2011, The Wellness Council of America reports that the indirect costs associated with an unhealthy workforce are often two to three times that of the direct medical costs and more than triple that of worker’s compensation. According to the American Journal of Health Promotion, many Americans suffer from at least one chronic condition such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease. Employees with five or more health risks (for example, obesity, high blood pressure or tobacco use) incur an extra $3,321 annually, in medical costs above the average American. The indirect costs also accumulate via absenteeism, productivity losses, decreased morale and turnover. Now more than ever, employers are facing the financial implications of these conditions and frantically seeking resolution.

According to the Benefits Quarterly Journal in 2008, while awareness of serious chronic diseases and conditions has increased, most Americans have been unable to alter their lifestyles to reduce their risk and prevent disease. Many individuals would welcome outside support to help modify their high-risk behaviors and sort through the overwhelming amount of information available. By using wellness programs that emphasize total health and well-being businesses can be more proactive in addressing the rising cost of healthcare.

“More companies are now recognizing the value of health prevention and education through employee health and wellness programs,” explains Amy Willis, Fit For Work Wellness and Ergonomic Specialist. “The potential return on investment is ultimately less turnover, less absenteeism, greater satisfaction in employment, better recruitment and sustained success of companies. Wellness programs, like those offered by Fit For Work, at the work site are one way for corporate America to meet this challenge.”

Fit For Work has found that the greatest challenge for employers is often the cost of initiating health promoting activities and sustaining policies, programs and practices. This is why they offer a unique approach to worksite wellness via customized programming designed to fit any corporate budget. Fit for Work believes a successful wellness program is based on education. Services are designed to focus on lifestyle behavior changes through education and action. Wellness programs are comprehensive and may include “lunch ‘n’ learns”, weight management contests, tailored newsletters and onsite education.

Perhaps one of the most effective programs Fit for Work utilizes is Onsite Early Intervention. Providing an onsite intervention specialist sets the expectation and builds a culture that supports optimum employee health and well‐being. Onsite specialists provide employees with the opportunity to improve their mind and body through one-on-one care, prevention education and work-life balance. In offering a wellness program, companies are able to reduce health care costs and increase productivity while helping employees and their families live a healthier lifestyle.

For more information about Fit For Work’s services, please visit WellWorkForce.com.

About Fit For Work:
Fit for Work is a privately held Occupational and Industrial Health practice developed around a model of prevention and early intervention. Founded in 1998, Fit for Work has continuously sought to provide large and small employers alike with a non-traditional service model. This model combines a progressive approach to injury prevention and treatment based on an underlying and proven principle that putting the right worker in the right place in as safe a manner as possible results in decreased costs, decreased injuries, increased profitability and increased productivity. For more information, please visit wellworkforce.com.

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