Thursday, 30 August 2012 0 comments

Statistics Overview of Australia Employees Working Condition

Study after study shows that healthy employees are happier, more productive and more profitable.
Healthy employees can be almost three times more productive in their performance review than their unhealthy colleagues and unhealthy employees take up to nine times more sick leave than their healthy colleagues.
(Source: A study by Medibank Private).

Productive employees can work for longer periods of time, concentrate more effectively on the task at hand, are better able to manage demands and priorities, meet deadlines and interact positively with others.  Productivity and a good performance review = profitability.

The statistics for Australian employees point to the need for workplace wellness:
·                 Australian employees don’t exercise enough. 10% of the Australian workers surveyed are completely inactive, 40% engage in only minimal exercise, and another 12% do less than one hour of physical activity per week.
·                 Poor dietary habits with almost half (46%) of the Australian workers surveyed living on high fat diets.
·                 62% of the Australian workers surveyed are overweight
·                 More than half of the Australian workforce is stressed with 53% of the Australian workers surveyed feel over-whelmed with stress and pressure a significant proportion of the time.
·                 56% of the Australians surveyed are in the medium to high-risk area in participating in risk behaviours including smoking, drinking and irregular use of sunblock.
·                 More than half of the Australian workers surveyed don’t get enough sleep with 56% of the employees surveyed getting less than seven hours sleep per night and 22% reporting feeling un-refreshed or exhausted during work.
·                 21% of the Australian employees surveyed experienced a medical condition in the three months preceding the survey. This includes back and neck pain (29%), hay fever (22%), heart disease (21%), migraine headaches (14%) and asthma (13%).

Stress, excess weight and chronic pain can all lead to lost productivity and a poor performance review. Implementing a health and wellness program geared to the needs of your workforce is an effective way to boost productivity and employee satisfaction. 

“The simple truth is that a healthy employee is much more profitable,” says Bailey Vaez, owner of Proactive Movement, a Toronto-based wellness at work consultancy. “A spirited and robust individual can think clearly, lead more effectively, build outstanding relationships, and produce exceptional results. Having said that, it is clear that by choice every company would want to employ and retain healthy individuals.”

To drive a good performance review, you should motivate well with wellness. A wellness program is a major decision factor when considering working for or staying with a company.
(Source: Fortune Magazine survey, The Best 100 Companies To Work For.)
“Employees are likely to be attracted to, remain, with and value a company that obviously values them” Ellen Exum, Director of Wellness and Prevention at PepsiCo. Implementing an employee wellness program in the workplace is effective. Just ask major organizations like IBM, Pitney Bowes, Motorola and Texas Instruments who have all achieved success with their wellness efforts.

There are the obvious benefits of healthy, happy employees engaged in their jobs and interacting positively with the people around them. In addition, companies can save millions of dollars each year in healthcare costs with well-structured and rewarding workplace wellness programs