The nation’s largest employers need to learn a lesson from America’s highest well-being cities. Because if they do, they could save big-time annually in health care and absenteeism costs — to the tune of $22 billion.
That’s the finding from Gallup-Healthways, who found that could be the annual savings for the nation’s largest employers if a proportion of their employees quit smoking and shed some pounds, matching the smoking and obesity rates of America's healthiest cities. Savings would come from reductions in absenteeism due to poor health and smoking breaks and from lower health care costs.
On average, Gallup said, reducing obesity and smoking rates would save $661 per year for each employee.
How much do smokers and obese workers cost in lost productivity? Gallup reported smokers miss an additional 2.5 days, while obese workers miss an additional three days due to poor health.