Healthy employees create competitive advantage
Originally posted September 24, 2013 by Emily Holbrook on http://www.lifehealthpro.com It may come as no surprise to many that healthier employees are more productive employees, creating a competitive advantage for their employer. That’s according to a recent study by Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), a workforce health and productivity research and measurement organization. The company studied 1,268 employees at 53 organizations and found that employees that work at companies with a strong commitment to a healthy workforce “spend more time working, work more carefully and concentrate better than employees at other organizations,” according to the report. “If a workplace sets a high priority on the health of employees — who, in turn, are healthier and have better job performance — then it can reasonably be said that an employer’s culture gives it a competitive advantage. Workplace culture reflects the priorities of company leadership and is an area where employers have some leverage to improve business performance,” stated IBI research director Kimberly Jinnett, PhD, the main author of the report. The study also found:
- Not careful at work: Workers in an organization with a weak health culture reported not being careful at work “all” or “most of the time” more than three times more frequently than those who work in organizations with a strong health culture.
- Not working as often: 44 percent more employees who work in an organization with a weak health culture reported not working as often as they should have “all” or “most of the time” as compared with employees in organizations with a strong health culture.
- Not concentrating: 31 percent more employees who work in companies with a weak health culture reported they did not concentrate “all” or “most of the time,” compared with employees in organizations with a strong health culture.
- Getting less work done: There was no difference in the responses from those in a strong versus a weak health culture with regard to getting less work done — but employee health is a differentiating factor. Emotional distress and overall health strongly influence how much an employee accomplishes, and employees in organizations with a weak health culture have worse outcomes on both measures.