Health-related Productivity Costs


While offering health coverage and benefits for employees and dependents is a major business expense, lost productivity due to physical and emotional health problems can be much more expensive for employers. To combat lost productivity, employers can consider:

  • Offering health fairs, screenings and health risk assessments

  • Addressing conditions that affect many employees

  • Integrating health benefit strategies with wellness initiatives

  • Designing a benefits package to support ideal behaviors

If an employer doesn’t address employee health care needs, the workplace is far more likely to experience the negative effects of diminished productivity. However, if the organization can commit time and funds to help employees get and stay healthy, it can reduce medical and pharmacy costs and increase worker productivity.

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