It is well known that investment in corporate health can be beneficial for both the employee and employer.
But, exactly how can this benefit your business specifically? And, what makes The Corporate Gut different from any other approach?
It is estimated that round 25% of the population currently suffer with a long-term condition such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity (1).
- In a company of 1000 people, £126,000 a year is lost in productivity due to poor health (3).
- Interestingly, 10% of sick days are related to a preventable lifestyle or diet issues (2).
- An obese employee will take an extra 4 days of sick leave off each year compared to a healthy-weight colleague (3).
Why Are Workers Not Living Healthily?
In many cases, employees have several barriers which make it more difficult to follow a healthy lifestyle.
Barriers are specific to the type of work but most commonly include: shift work, travelling, lack of facilities, early starts, long hours and office based working.
Corporate health programmes target these barriers to help employees live healthier lives.
What Makes The Corporate Gut Approach Different?
For many employees, listening to messages around healthy eating is a bit of a broken record and there are only so many ways ‘5 a day’ can be dressed up. Some employees who see themselves as being already healthy are also likely to disengage.
Not only this, but good digestive health will improve energy levels and thus productivity. Not targeting this in traditional models prevents companies from optimising their outcomes.
The corporate gut incorporates a holistic health approach.
- Employees are shown how to monitor their own gut health – preventing chronic disease.
- Mental health is included in an accessible format – overcoming usual prejudice.
- On a less serious note, discussing poo, always brings around a laugh – improving attention and engagement.
- All sessions are carried out by myself, a registered specialist dietitian – a registered dietitian is the only professional who is trained to assess, diagnose and treat nutrition related problems. They are regulated, which ensures a gold standard level of quality. Other services, do not use dietitians so you can not be assured as to the quality of advice you are getting.Benefits To The Employer
Benefits For The Employer
- Improved decision making of employees.
- Increased concentrations levels of employees.
- Reduced anxiety levels in employees.
- Reduced BMI levels of employees and thus reduced absenteeism.
- Improved mental health of work force such as avoidance or improvement of depression occurrence (4).
- Reduced accidents in the workplace.
- Potential productivity increase by more than 2% (2).
- Visible outcomes which can be measured.
- The programmes available are fully flexible to the needs of each company.
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- Long Term Conditions Compendium of Information: Third Edition, Department of Health 2012.
- BDA. BDA Work Ready Programme. White Paper. 2016.
- Workplace policy and management practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, NICE 2015 https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng13.
Gatineau M, Dent M (2011) Obesity and Mental Health. Oxford: National Obesity Observatory.
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