Sick Days Made Healthy: It Takes More Than Chicken Soup

It's Monday morning and one of your auditors just called in sick … again. For years, human resource professionals have reported in the business marketplace that employee wellness is a chief concern, and that compounded sick days only add negatively to a company's bottom line.

For example, more than half of all employees in America's workforce have blood cholesterol levels of 200 mg or higher, while a quarter of all workers are sedentary during their leisure or off-work time. While they may be watching the Discovery Channel, remaining idle is not a productive way to stay healthy.

CPAs in public practice and industry can do much to lessen the number of sick days throughout the companies by spearheading the cause to develop motivating programs that promote a healthy lifestyle while on the job. Low-cost activities can be designed to enhance the day, such as a lunchtime seminar series on topics related to health and well-being.

How about exercising during the day? Form a group to walk during the lunch hour and you'll have that team spirit bubbling right away.

For more tips on promoting a healthy workplace, visit the ABC News web site.

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