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Work Performance Suffers From Not Taking Care of Yourself

Posted Oct 01 2010 12:00am

A recent study of 11,000 at nearly 50 companies shows that people who engage in unhealthy habits such as smoking, not paying attention to diet or weight, not getting enough exercise turn out to be less productive on the job. Unhealthy lifestyle choices also appear to translate into a greater need for sick leave and longer periods of time off from work when sick leave is taken, the study reveals. Researchers state that more than 10 percent of sick leave and the higher levels of productivity loss at work may be attributed to lifestyle behaviors and obesity. In particular, obese workers were 66 percent more likely to call in sick for 10 to 24 days than normal weight employees, and 55 percent more likely to take time off for 25 days or more, Smokers also took more sick leave. The cigarette habit translated into a 30 percent greater likelihood that a worker would take off 10 to 24 days because of poor health. This lack of productivity actually costs companies billions of dollars per year. It also has been shown that company-sponsored wellness programs can help employees and employers increase productivity and improve employee health.

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