Employers are being reminded that they have a role to play in maintaining the health and wellness of their employees.
That’s according to Doreen Deane, Principal of the Frank Walcott Labour College, who said that some employers often feel that the health and wellness of their employees is a personal matter that should be dealt with solely by them, but she is contending that this is not the case. She made the remarks at the opening of a workshop yesterday morning at the College, which was held as part of the activities to mark the 2019 Week of Excellence, as she said that the health and wellness of employees has a direct impact on the bottom line of companies.
“Healthy employees are more productive and have fewer accidents due to not being overweight, tired, out of shape, stressed or lacking sleep. Healthy employees experience less absenteeism. Some employers have reduced their absenteeism by 40 per cent with a good wellness programme. Healthy employees have lower health costs which can be very expensive for an employer, depending on how much of the cost of health insurance is absorbed by that employer,” she said.