When I started this Blog, I wanted to post analysis and suggestions which were different or more practical than some of the Employment Law, Safety and Labor Articles out there. I did not want to simply repeat what others were already effectively communicating. So I have not availed myself as much as I should have of the great posts out there in the Blogosphere. I resolve to do better and post more articles and blog entries that impress me, starting with the article referenced in the title.
The wonderful TLNT HR and more site has a great discussion on the urgent need to address employee wellness, and the increasing roadblocks thrown up by our government (is obesity a disability?). See also the interesting Wall Street Journal piece, “Should Employees get Insurance Discounts From Completing Wellness Programs?”
It’s that increasing conflict between absolute individualism and personal responsibility. In case you hadn’t noticed, absolute individualism seems to be winning….
I have blogged on Wellness issues before and linked to some excellent EHS Today articles. It’s rather obvious that our workforce is getting older, and older employees suffer more work-related and non work-related injuries and illnesses. Check the sobering statistics in my earlier blog.
And age is not the only challenge. The increasing youthful obesity is producing health problems not previously presented by new workers entering the market.
Factor into this ugly mix the fact that it is pretty darned hard to generate fitness and health improvement opportunities for the blue-collar worker coming home from 10 hours of work.
So please read “Focus on Wellness: For Our Workers, It’s a Critical Life or Death Issue,” Check the author’s company (Keas) site as well. Start working on concrete plans. The situation will only worsen.