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Businesses need to look out for workers’ health

12 July 2011 - 6:22pm

Victoria's WorkHealth checks initiative has illustrated the importance of employers looking out for the health and wellbeing of their workers.

Businesses have welcomed the opportunity to gauge the health of their workers, with more than 300,000 employees being tested. However, the results provided some concerning findings.

The report released this month showed than one in four employees had high cholesterol due to bad eating habits.

1.1 per cent of workers were also advised to see their GP with 24 hours due to being at high risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Most interestingly, over 80 per cent of both men at women who were found at risk claimed that they believed they were in good health.

The results highlight the need for businesses to keep the health of their staff in mind as self-diagnosis is generally unreliable and inaccurate.

With many employees disregarding their own health needs, it's important that companies look after their workers, after all, they are their biggest investment.

Businesses health insurance is a great way to ensure that employees stay healthy.

Not only does private health cover provide employee care, it also helps to guarantee business stability.

This can be combined with health-conscious workplace practices, such as offering fresh fruit and vegetables.

That way, employees can take comfort knowing that their company is truly looking out for their best interests.