Tone Up your bottom line using
Employee Health & Wellness programs


Employee health and wellness initiatives are forecast to
reduce absenteeism by 11 to 15%, reduce compensable
injury by up to 5% and improve present absenteeism by 3 to
5%. This means your workers are at work more and working
more productively.



Businesses that have implemented health and wellness programs



  • Improvements in employee moral
  • Increased employee loyalty
  • Less organisational conflict
  • More productive work force
  • Improved employee decision-making ability.



Companies effectively running wellness programs had 2.5
times improved employee performance, eight times higher
employee engagement and 3.5 times higher innovation and
creativity on the job.
(2009 Australian research.)


Retain and Attract Talent: The 2009 study also showed that
companies that did not manage health and wellness were four times
more likely to lose talent over a 12 month period. Company
sponsored wellness programs send a clear message to employees
that management values them and their wellbeing. Healthy
employees are less likely to leave and therefore there is less money
spent on hiring and training new people.

The benefit to your organisation


There is immense benefit to your organisation/business in focussing on
employee health. The decision to invest in a wellness program for staff
can come from a culture of care or a culture of compliance… either way
there are tremendous benefits for your organisation. Of course, a culture
of care will always be evident to workers and this will ultimately have a
positive impact on staff loyalty.


Wellness Programs


Businesses that have implemented workplace programs focusing on
employee health have enjoyed many benefits which all equate to cost
savings and increased productivity. Could your business benefit from the
following outcomes of a wellness program:



Reduced absenteeism: A 2005 study by Medibank Private
found that “unhealthy employees take nine times more sick leave
than healthy employees. Healthy employees are nearly three times
more productive than employees with poor health. The financial cost
of poor health and wellbeing is estimated at over seven billion
dollars per year, nationally”



While direct costs such as the hiring of a temporary replacement worker
can be tangible, the indirect costs of unplanned sick days include delays in
project completion and co-workers having to take on extra responsibility.
Absenteeism is measureable and addressable through corporate wellness


Improve Presenteeism: Often employees are at work, however they are
not functioning to the best of their ability due to a range of physical or
mental health issues. It has been estimated that presenteeism costs
companies up to four times as much as absenteeism through loss of
productivity on the job. (Reference:


Recent work health data


Recent Victorian work health data showed:


  • 30% of males are at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes and
    17% of females
  • 27% of workers have high cholesterol
  • 32% of males had high blood pressure and 16% of females.


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) suggests that 60% of Australians
are overweight or obese so this adds further to potential risks for injury or
chronic disease and means that it is not one in three employees, but one
in two that are potentially at risk of chronic ill health… therefore
decreased productivity and increased absenteeism is waiting to happen.

4% of Australians have diabetes, that’s around 999,000 and it’s thought
that just as many are still yet to be diagnosed. If diabetes was a country it
would be the 3rd largest country in the world. One person in 10 in
Australia has Type 2 diabetes, so it’s highly likely that you have a person
with diabetes working in your organisation. Over half our population is
overweight so this puts them at high risk of diabetes and other chronic
illnesses which will impact on productivity at work and sick days.

Australians with diabetes are twice as likely to have a disability compared
with the general population, according to a new report from the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare. People with diabetes also had higher rates
of hypertension, cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, depression, vision loss
and kidney disorders, the report found.



Medibank Private (2005) report:


Health Issue
Body weight 62% Overweight 28% obese
Exercise 10% inactive 40% minimal activity
Diet 46% reported high
fat diets
Stress 53%
Risky behaviours
(smoking, drinking,
lack of sun protection)
56% at medium to
high risk levels
Sleep More than 50% don’t
get enough sleep
Medical conditions 21% had been unwell
in the preceding
three months.


The research is unanimous… poor health and physical inactivity is
impacting on profits and productivity. The incidence of lifestyle disease in
workers is also likely to escalate further as the Australian workforce ages,
with a consequent reduction in productivity, increased risk of injury and
elevated workplace costs. (Australian Government Productivity Commission, 2004;
Giles-Corti et al., 2004; Howatt & Ritchie 2004; Shephard, 1999)


Download: Effective Health and Wellbeing Programs – Putting You First


The programs


Health and wellbeing programs need to have staff ‘buy in’ so it’s critical to
set up a system that involves staff and includes system changes to ensure
your wellness initiatives are not just one hit wonders that don’t change
anyone’s behaviour let alone positively affect health outcomes.

Body Warfare has a series of wellness packages to suit any organisation
and programs can be tailored to your individual company needs.


Body Warfare can provide assistance with:

  • Setting up an effective staff consultation process that means your
    people get a say in what element of health and wellbeing they
    want to focus on. If the people who the program is for get a say in
    what it will look like and how it will run this increases the
    likelihood of the program being taken up by staff. If the ideas
    come from management only the program is doomed to fail…
    staff consultation is a vital step in the process.
  • Chairing a wellness committee within your organisation to get the
    ball rolling on new initiatives aimed at improving staff health and
    wellbeing. The idea would be that the committee would be taught
    to be self-sufficient and sustainable.
  • Ensuring information, policies and systems support the healthy
    programs to guarantee an entire culture of health within your
    organisation not just isolated programs.
  • Provide evidence based nutrition and other health information to
    make sure that your employees are getting advice that will benefit
    health in the long term not just be a quick fix. This will mean
    those employees with an existing illness are managing their health
    at work and others are involved in preventing the potential of
    lifestyle diseases (diabetes, high blood pressure and heart
    disease) down the track.
  • Provide innovative solutions to make sure the majority of workers
    are engaged in the programs not just a handful of the health
  • We appreciate each organisation is different so each program is
    customised in regard to the content and strategies to suit your
    work force.
All enquiries, Lisa 0413 956 107 Appointments 1300 725 806

What do you need to focus on health for?

  • Effective day to day running of
    your business.
  • To be well to enjoy your retirement
  • Create a better work/life balance
  • Have you considered how your health could attract or detract potential customers?

Healthy people have energy, are
confident, organised and productive,
however, the opposite is also true.

We’re not supposed to judge a book by
its cover but if that is all you have to go
on it may be what happens. Are you
projecting health and confidence? In
potential customer’s minds if you look
the part then you inspire confidence.


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