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3 Ways To Improve Employee Health, Reduce Costs
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Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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9/27/2014 | 9:14:15 PM
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The same way you fire people for domestic violence or for failing drug tests.
shamika
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9/27/2014 | 9:12:24 PM
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@ Gary_EL, seems very interesting. However did you manage to fire people who were reluctant to these exercises? what about the labor low?
shamika
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9/27/2014 | 9:09:25 PM
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@shawn69 I agree with you, if you don't have a good mental health you will not be a good fit for work. However is there a way that we can measure the mental health and take corrective actions?
progman2000
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9/14/2014 | 10:33:07 AM
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Gary, I agree with you, and I don't know that there is anything that we can really do about it.

I work for a small software company.  We had a development meeting last week, which started with boxes of chocolate donuts and progressed to lunch ordered in which was cheese and pepperoni pizza.  I am a practicing vegan and an obsessive marathoner, so I participated in none of that.  But unfortunately most of my coworkers are unfit, overweight types, which is sadly the American norm for a computer saddled desk jockey.

In our case I know a cardio room & shower would make zero difference - these guys wouldn't use it, although I bet it would help shave off 5 minutes from my marathon time...
Gary_EL
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9/13/2014 | 10:47:24 PM
The Simplest Solution
And it has nothing to do with tech. The reason why it's always the same people is that those individuals refuse to exercise, and they refuse to stop smoking. Employers can be pretty heavy-handed when it comes to drug testing, so why shouldn't they be just as ruthless in dealing with smokers and fatties? Smoking is slow suicide, and VERY EXPENSIVE suicide at that. And, if someone is 5'2" and weighs 185 lbs, he or she will certainly need to take more sick days. Those sick days are required for a variety of diseases, but always relate back to being FAT.


I don't know how to cure smoking, but I know how to cure obesity. The workplace must include a cardio room and a shower room. At lunchtime, the obese should be required to do 1/2 hour of exercise. If you can fire people for refusing to urinate in a cup, you can also fire them for refusing to control their weight. I'm tired of paying for their sloth.
Shawn69
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9/13/2014 | 8:30:04 AM
Mental Health - Health Care
Due to "some irresponsible employers" contributing to the "mental health demise" of its employees(turning a blind eye to workplace bullying - a subject and act needing immediate resolution especially today), it would be great to see how mental health factors into the "health care" formulas. Mental health leads to better physical health.
Michael Endler
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9/12/2014 | 9:49:31 PM
Complicated issue
Lots of good suggestions here-- I'm a big believer that analytics could have a profound impact on healthcare. But suggestion 1 seems prone to invasive policies, though suggestion 2 notes the potential for opt-in programs, which would somewhat mitigate potential for employer abuse. But I have to wonder-- why don't we put more effort into the real reasons behind rising medical costs? Arbitrary costs differences from different providers, ethically questionable practices among insurers and pharmaceutical companies, and so on-- it seems like the root of the problem is much deeper than the employee-employer relationship.


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