Absence Matters: Wellness, Health, and Safety

DMEC Staff@Work

Integrating Wellness, Health, and Safety

By Bryon Bass

SVP, Disability and Absence Practice & Compliance

Ongoing pain, high blood sugar, shortness of breath, restrictive movement, extreme fatigue, and stress responses are signs of underlying medical conditions.

Such conditions can exacerbate the onset or occurrence of any illness or injury, influence the course of medical treatment, and impede healing and recovery. Additionally, they can have a direct impact on productivity in the workplace. In extreme cases, they not only drive employee absence but also reduce the employee’s effectiveness on the job. Such conditions can be further fueled by poor lifestyle choices, including lack of exercise, insufficient sleep, poor nutrition, or unhealthy habits.

Employers are discovering that integrated health, wellness, and safety programs can combat these types of conditions, increase overall well-being, and improve workplace productivity.1 Some actions that help foster improved health are to increase health literacy, encourage more exercise, provide access to better nutrition, and strengthen mental well-being.

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