Should businesses take an interest in their employees’ health?

February 16, 2011

It’s in the news today day that the Campbell Soup Co. is planning to spend $10 million over the next 10 years to try to reduce obesity and hunger among children in Camden, where the company’s headquarters have been since 1869.

Which got me thinking: What role do big businesses play in the health and well-being of the communities they’re in? And should they play any kind of role in the health of their employees?

Showing concern for your employees’ health doesn’t just make you look good — there are some financial benefits, as well. Employee Wellness USA offers several other pros:

– Healthy employees call in sick less frequently, which means less loss on your end.

– Healthy employees are more productive and more efficient.

– Healthy employees keep your health insurance premiums low.

Offering your employees a nice incentive for getting healthy is nice, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Think about gift cards to the health food store or smoothie shop, reusable water bottles, or an afternoon off. Keep it fun.

And it doesn’t all have to be about losing weight either: Employees could offer smoking cessation programs, health screenings, offer healthy cafeteria fare, or contribute to a gym membership, among other ideas.

What do you think? Should employers offer wellness programs? Have you provided one with good results? Tell us what you think in the comments.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Southern New Jersey. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter @CarnegieJersey.

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