Should employers worry about hypertension in the workplace?

Hypertension, or the increased pressure in the walls of the blood vessels, is among the most common health concerns in the country today. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 3 adults in the U.S., or 67 million Americans, suffer from high blood pressure.

There are many different factors that may contribute towards the development of this condition: stress at work, tobacco use, an underlying medical condition, and/or a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately, hypertension may cause prolonged employee absence, and compromised concentration and work performance due to its accompanying symptoms.

Because an employees’ health directly affects the company’s well-being, it is very important for employers to have a proactive approach in keeping their workers’ blood pressure regulated. Setting up wellness programs for blood pressure management, as well as introducing workplace programs for stress reduction and smoking cessation, may all contribute towards a healthier and more productive workforce.

If you want to learn more about our onsite wellness programs, consult with our team at WorkSTEPS by calling (512) 617-4100 today.

Workplace wellness and tobacco-use

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that every year, the healthcare cost of tobacco use in the U.S. results in no less than $96 billion in direct medical expenses and approximately $96.8 billion in loss of productivity due to time off work and premature death.

Due to the magnitude of tobacco use in the company’s overall health and productivity, placing a wellness program aimed to encourage tobacco users to quit and to reduce the likelihood of non-tobacco users to be exposed to second-hand smoke would be highly beneficial. To identify the tobacco-use cessation program most appropriate for your workplace, a one-on-one approach in screening employees for tobacco use would be advisable. Employee health surveys may also help determine the type of program to implement, and how it will be implemented.

Through WorkSTEPS’ medical and functional testing, our team offers holistic approach in identifying wellness solutions that would meet your company’s unique needs. Call us at (512) 617-4100 today to learn how we can be of help.

Workplace awareness on diabetes prevention

Diabetes is a life-long condition characterized by an abnormally high glucose level due to the body’s inability to produce or utilize insulin. Individuals with this condition may have to deal with chronic symptoms that may unfortunately affect their daily function, such as weakness due to the body’s inability to convert sugar to energy, and neuropathy. In the U.S., more than 24 million people are living with diabetes, many of whom are adults in the workforce.

Keeping employees healthy by initiating a proactive approach of educating workers about diabetes risks and prevention has been proven highly beneficial for overall business. As a manager, building a culture of active lifestyle, fostering healthy eating habits in the workplace, and facilitating a smoking cessation program may all help equip your workers with the right tools to lower their risk of this chronic condition.

In health, and even in business, prevention is always better than a cure. Our team at WorkSTEPS can help you raise workplace awareness about diabetes. Contact our firm at (512) 617-4100 to discuss a wide range of services that we can offer.