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The Real Cost of Poor Workplace Health
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02 October 2017
The Costs of Poor Workplace Health

Back in 2005, according to the Mayo Clinic, the total cost of healthcare in the U.S. was about $2 trillion. While that total accounts for government spending, as well as individual health care, the clear majority of that bill went to employers. Then, by 2007, the costs went up by seven percent. That point, the average cost per employee in the U.S. was over $8,000 just in terms of health care. However, there's another cost of poor health among employees; presenteeism. This is when someone shows up to work, but they can't operate at full-volume, so to speak, because they're trying to fight off sickness, deal with pain, etc. Worse, the fact that so many people can't take time off work to rest and recuperate means sickness could spread, increasing the costs of presenteeism as more and more staff have to fight the same conditions.
What does that cost employers? Well, about three times as much as actual medical expenses on average.
Be Proactive, and Save Money
Workplace health costs can be lowered by investing in your workforce. Just like doing preventative maintenance on your equipment, you can lower medical expenses (as well as the costs of presenteeism) by helping your employees take proactive steps to maintain their health, and by footing the bill for smaller things like check-ups, flu shots, etc. which will prevent bigger, more expensive bills showing up at a later date.