Dr. Steven Aldana, CEO of WellSteps, has published 7 books and over 75 research articles on the impact of worksite wellness programs. He uses the statistical data that he has conducted to create an article called, “5 Workplace Wellness Statistics Every Employer Should Know.” The article begins with how the core to every good wellness program is behavioral change. With the right education, motivation, skills/tools, and social support, people change behaviors.

The most important part to making healthy changes that impact your life as a whole, is to set realistic goals and expectations for yourself. Wellness programs presented by employers allow for a unique avenue into the right direction for people trying to become more healthy and more productive.

“Poor employee productivity can be defined as physically being at work but not working. This type of poor productivity is called presenteeism. There are a lot of reasons why employees have low productivity. They may not know how to use the equipment, they may be distracted by other employees, they may not know what they are doing, they may be tired, or they might be on Facebook. One of the main causes of presenteeism is poor health.”

“Smokers were 28% more likely to have high presenteeism than non-smokers. Employees with an unhealthy diet were 66% more likely to have high presenteeism than those who regularly ate whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Employees who didn’t exercise very much were 50% more likely to have high presenteeism than employees who were regular exercisers. These findings demonstrate that poor health behaviors are strongly associated with high levels of presenteeism.”

Enjoy the rest of this fascinating article and take what you’ve learned to provide your employees/peers with information on how to become more healthy and productive!