For many obese employees, being productive in the workplace can be difficult. With the health issues these employees often face, they tend to miss more work or take disability leave, but employers can help improve productivity among these employees by providing ergonomic options, says Brian Kost, program manager for workplace possibilities at The Standard.

“It all goes back to productivity,” Kost says. “Giving obese employees ergonomic options can decrease absences, and when they are given special ergonomic options or equipment, they tend to be more engaged with their employer because they feel like that their employer cares about them.”

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