Healthy Workforce

Lowering costs, improving safety, health and productivity

No matter the size of your business, promoting safe and healthy practices can increase profitability and productivity. Learn how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helps you improve organizational safety, health and productivity; attract and retain a high-performing workforce; and minimize healthcare costs.

Healthy Workforce
 

Business Challenges

Work-related injuries and illnesses, chronic diseases, absenteeism and sick employees who return to work before getting well cost U.S. employers billions of dollars each year. An aging workforce and factors like stress, fatigue and depression all impact employers’ medical costs and employees’ productivity.

Each Year in the United States

Productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers

$225.8Billion

(or $1,685 per employee).

Source: CDC, International Monetary Fund

People going to work when they’re sick (presenteeism) accounts for nearly

Two-thirds of the total costs

of worker illness.

Source: Harvard Business Review

More than 48 million workers—or 38 percent of the U.S. working population— have no paid sick leave.

Source: NHIS, 2008

Four of the 10 most expensive health conditions for U.S. employers are related to heart disease and stroke:

HIGH BLOOD
PRESSURE

HEART
ATTACK

DIABETES

CHEST
PAIN

Source: CDC

EMPLOYERS REPORT NEARLY...

 

4 MILLION

nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses annually

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

55,000 Deaths

from work-related injuries and illnesses annually

Source: Leigh JP, Millbank Quarterly, 2011

COMPARED TO:

Approximately 30,000

Annual deaths from motor vehicle accidents:.

Globally...

The economic burden of work- related injury is equivalent to

4 percent of the world Gross Domestic Product

Source: International Social Security Administration

By 2020, one in four
American workers will be

OVER 55

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Today's workers face serious health challenges

STRESS


Work-related stress is the

NO. 1 WORKPLACE HEALTH ISSUE

and a major occupational risk, ranking above physical inactivity and obesity.

Source: 2013 Towers Watson Survey

FATIGUE


Inadequate sleep leads to worker errors, low productivity and safety incidents which affect business profitability.

Source: Moore-Ede, 2011; Rosekind et al. 2010; Sirois, 2007

CHRONIC PAIN


Annually, costs of lost productivity because of chronic pain range from

$11.6 to $12.8 billion

annually.

Source: NIH, 2008

DIABETES


Medical costs for people with diabetes are twice as high as for people without diabetes. In 2012, U.S. health care costs associated with diagnosed diabetes

245 BILLION

Source: American Diabetes Association

OBESITY


Full-time workers in the United States who are overweight or obese and have other chronic health problems miss about 450 million more days of work than healthy workers, costing more than

153 BILLION A YEAR IN LOST PRODUCTIVITY

annually.

Source: 2011 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index

HEART DISEASE & STROKE


Heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing our nation today. Treatment of these diseases accounts for

ABOUT $1 of every $6 spent

on U.S. healthcare.

Source: CDC

TOBACCO USE


Smoking and other forms of tobacco use are the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, accounting for

ONE IN FIVE DEATHS EVERY YEAR

Source: CDC

 

CDC Business Benefits

CDC plays a critical role in helping U.S. businesses remain competitive and productive through guidance to encourage safer, healthier workplaces. CDC research and practical tools help businesses and employees prevent injuries and illnesses and promote health and well-being.

Power of Prevention

Companies that have exemplary safety, health and environmental programs

OUTPERFORMED
THE S&P 500

by between 3 and 5 percent.

Source: Fabius R, Thayer R, Dixon BA, et al. 2013

CDC RESEARCH AND TOOLS

NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Program

CDC helps organizations prevent worker injury and illness, and advance employee health and well-being through the NIOSH Total Worker Health™ program.

Workplace Health Promotion and Work@Health Programs

CDC Workplace Health Promotion and Work@Health™ Program help companies of all sizes nationwide lower healthcare costs and increase worker productivity.

Workforce research & real-world business solutions

NIOSH Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce develop ground-breaking research and best practices aimed to advance the health and safety of workers, both on and off the job


CDC’s Prevention Research Centers

CDC’s Prevention Research Centers apply research to promote health and prevent disease in the workplace, as well as other settings.

The Workplace Health Research Network focuses on answering questions that will have a rapid impact on improving practices to promote employee health.

 

Take Action

Take advantage of CDC’s free tools, guidelines and resources to keep your employees healthy, safe and productive.

HEALTHY WORKFORCE WEBSITES

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Total Worker Health

Total Worker Health

Learn about how to design, implement and evaluate effective workplace health programs.

CDC Workplace Health Promotion

Workplace Health Promotion>

NIOSH Essential Elements of Effective Workplace Programs

A guide for employers and employer-employee partnerships to establish effective workplace programs that sustain and improve worker health.

Effective Workplace Programs

WORKPLACE HEALTH MODEL

A four-step model

1. Assessment

Assess the health and safety of your organization.

2. Planning

Plan strategies your organization has the resources to support.

3. Implementation

Implement health-focused programs and practices.

4. Evaluation

Evaluate the results.

And a fifth critical step to consider:

Build your initiative on a solid foundation/infrastructure regardless of the health issue or topic you choose, or the type of program you have.

Lead by example and involve employees in solutions.

Encourage employees to move more and eat better:

TOOLKITS, RESOURCES & TRAINING

Toolkits

 
 

Total Worker Health™ Let’s Get Started: A Practitioner’s Guide to Integrating Health Protection and Health Promotion

 

Healthier Worksite Toolkits

 

Toolkits, National Healthy Worksite Program™

 

Worksite Walking Campaign Tools

 

Workplace Health Promotion

 

Worksite Health Scorecard: Assess and implement a health promotion program at your workplace

 

NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Webinar Series: Free continuing education on the latest research and practice for protecting and promoting workforce safety and health

 

Promising Practices for Total Worker Health™

 

CDC’s National Healthy Worksite™ Webinars

 

Work@Health®: Learn about employer training

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