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Encourage healthy habits in the workplace

January 30, 2012
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FRAMINGHAM, MA — Sickness and poor health lead to increased employee absenteeism and reduced productivity in the workplace, according to a press release.

With health care costs continuing to rise and chipping away at company profits, employee health and the bottom line take top priority and, as a result, more executives are now involved in health care decisions and are re-evaluating long-term cost management strategies, the release stated.

According to the release, to help reach this goal, Staples Advantage offers recommendations for business executives to consider that will help keep employees well and health care costs down:

• Offer healthy choices: A healthy diet is the first step toward a strong immune system and businesses can help employees avoid the temptations lurking in vending machines

• Utilize resources: Encourage employees to review their health insurance policy for wellness incentives and to take advantage of gym membership reimbursements or weight loss program discounts

• Encourage healthy habits: To help prevent them from infecting others, encourage employees to work from home when sick and provide them with the tools to make it easier to do so

• Provide the right tools: Chief financial officers (CFOs) should ensure cleaning staff and employees have the tools they need to minimize the spread of germs by budgeting for appropriately registered cleaners and disinfectants to clean the office

• Obtain flu shots: Arrange for employees to receive flu shots at the office.

Click here to read the complete release.

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