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Health and Wellness in the Workplace and the effect on Productivity

Employee health and wellness is an ever-increasing topic of discussion amongst organizational leadership. A corporate wellness program is program within an organization that actively promotes a healthy lifestyle through education and the encouragement of a healthy lifestyle possibly through incentives. “The benefits of workplace wellness programs have been widely touted: they are known to improve productivity and can cut absenteeism by reducing the number of personal and sick days used” (Atkins, 2009, para. 1). The author of this paper will explore why health and wellness and workplace productivity would be a desirable topic to research and why it is a sociological phenomenon, the methods and designs used to research the topic, and finally present the design plan for conducting the research. Health and wellness in the workplace would be desirable for any organization that is concerned about the well-being of the workforce and the output of the individuals. In a recent study published April 2009 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the study found that: - Due to unhealthy employees who are absent or continue to work even while ill (so called "presenteeism"), organizations incur $2.30 in productivity losses for each dollar spent on health care and pharmacy costs. - When considering lost productivity along with medical and pharmaceutical costs, the most expensive conditions are depression, obesity, arthritis, back/neck pain and anxiety (HR Specialist: Compensation & Benefits, 2009, p6).
The sociological problem faced here is that unhealthy employees according to some are not as productive as healthy employees and there is financial impact upon the organization because of this. In some offices cash bonuses are given to winners of body fat…...

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