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- 44 Percent of workers report they have gained weight in their present job.
- Inadequate physical activity accounts for $117 billion in annual health care costs. Source: Center For Disease Control.
- Sedentary adults spend 30 percent more on health care each year than active adults. Source: Centers for Disease Control.
- Obesity-related illness costs approximately $190.2 billion annually (Institute of Medicine)
- A 10% weight loss will reduce an overweight individual’s lifetime medical costs by $2200 to $5300. Source: Center for Disease Control.
- Long work hours increase mortality by almost 20 percent. Source. Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions.
- Costs for physical healthcare for people with type 2 diabetes who have poor mental health are 50% higher than for diabetes patients in good mental health. Source: The Five Year Forward View, NHS England, 2014;
- 25-30% of company medical costs are spent on employees with hypertension, obesity, dyslipidemia, inactivity and diabetes. Source: American Heart Association.
- 84% of employees have experienced physical, psychological or behavioral symptoms of poor mental health,where work was a contributing factor. Source: Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions.
… We also have some solutions: Corporate wellness programs generate positive ROI when properly implemented
- On average, every dollar invested in workplace wellness programs reduces medical costs by about $3.27. Source: Health Affairs.
- On average, every dollar invested in workplace wellness programs reduces absenteeism costs by about $2.73. Source: Health Affairs.
- Workplace wellness programs reduce sick leave absenteeism by 28 percent, reduce medical costs by 26 percent and lead to a 30 percent decrease in workers compensation and disability claims costs.
- Migration to a lower risk status is estimated to save $53 per employee, savings that recur each year that the employee remains in a low-risk tier. Source: American Heart Association.
- A 1-percent reduction in excess weight, elevated blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol, has been shown to save $83 to $103 annually in medical costs per person. Source: Henke, et. al., Journal of Occupational Medicine, May 2010.
- Among enrollees in a Minnesota health plan age 40 or older, each additional “active” day per week was associated with a 4.7% decrease in health care cost. Thus, 5 days of activity would represent about a 23.5% cost reduction compared with no days of physical activity. Source: Centers for Disease Control.
- Workplace wellness programs have achieved a rate of return on investment that ranges from $3 to $15 for each dollar invested, with savings realized within 12 to 18 months. Source: American Heart Association.
Sleep deprivation costs employers money…
- The U.S. loses an equivalent of about 1.23 million working days due to insufficient sleep. Source: RAND Corporation.
- Sleep deprivation costs U.S. employers $411 billion per year. Source: RAND Corporation.
- If those who sleep under six hours a night increase their sleep to between six and seven hours a night, this could add $226.4 billion to the U.S. economy.” Source: RAND Corporation.
… And smoking cessation saves employers money.
- Tobacco use costs employers $92 billion per year.
- $5,816 – The average estimated excess cost of employing a smoking employee versus a non-smoking employee. Source: Berman, et. al., Ohio State University, College of Public Health & Moritz College of Law, 2013.
- On average, smokers miss 6.2 days of work per year compared with nonsmokers, who miss 3.9 days per year. Source: Halpern MT, Shikiar R, Rentz AM, Khan ZM. Impact of smoking status on workplace absenteeism and productivity. Tob Control. 2001;10: 233–238.
Occupational stress destroys workers – and profits.
- Stress costs employers as much as $300 billion each year in lost productivity. Source: American Institute of Stress.
- Workers in high-stress jobs – described as having high demand and low control – had a 22% higher risk of stroke than those in low-stress jobs. Source: American Academy of Neurology.
- 42% of Americans report having left their employers due to stress. Source: Monster.com, “Workplace Stress.”
- 54 percent say that stress or anxiety increased their anxiety about falling asleep at night, and 52 percent of men and 42 percent of women reported it affected their ability to remain focused the next day. Source: Anxiety And Depression Association of America.
- 60-80% of workplace accidents are attributable to stress or sleepiness. Source: American Institute of Stress.
- Employees under high levels of stress spend nearly 50% more on health care utilization than other employees. Source: Centers for Disease Control, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
- 60% of workers commit presenteeism due to stress.
- The median absence from work for cases of occupational stress is 23 days – more than four times the median absence for all occupational injuries and illnesses.Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- 44% of work absences due to occupational stress involve 31 or more lost workdays. In contrast, only 19% of all injuries and illnesses result in absences of at least 31 days.Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Working 12 hours per day equates to a 37% increased likelihood of a workplace injury. Source: Dembe A, Ericson JB, Delbos RG, Banks SM , Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
- A study of 2,737 medical residents found that every extended shift scheduled in a month increased by 16.2% monthly risk of a car accident during their commute home from work.Source: Barger, et. al., New England Journal of Medicine: January, 2005.
- Nurses who work shifts of 12.5 hours or longer are three times more likely to make an error in patient care. Source: Rogers AE, et al: The working hours of hospital staff nurses and patient safety. Health Affairs, 2004; 23(4):202-212.
- Nurses suffer higher rates of occupational injury when working shifts in excess of 12 hours. Trinkoff AM, et al: Work schedule, needle use, and needlestick injuries among registered nurses. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, February 2007;28:156-164.