If it is true that most organisations regard their employees as their biggest asset, it is important to recognise that health is no longer just the absence of disease, but rather the presence of a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing. (World Health Organisation)
Human capital is an increasingly scarce organisational resource on a global level. The demand for talented people is increasing, and an ageing workforce is creating an additional drain on organisations’ workforces.
The goal of an Executive Resilience Programme is to have an understanding of the current health status, to identify the key health risks and to design a sustainable lifestyle programme accordingly.
Chronic disease and related health risks have a significant and measurable effect on the productivity of Executives, the cost of healthcare and the success of organizations. Studies have consistently shown productivity costs related to these factors to be up to four times those of healthcare costs for employers.
Chronic disease is responsible for more than half of all deaths in the world and is projected to account for two-thirds of all deaths globally in the next 25 years. This progression of chronic disease is occurring despite the fact that these diseases are largely preventable.
Every company is unique and today’s Executives are under enormous pressure to perform requiring high levels of resilience. Workplace pressures and responsibilities as well as business and social pressures make Executives vulnerable to wellness breakdowns.
Prevention is the key component in an organisation’s investment in employee wellbeing. Healthy employees experience a better quality of personal life which directly impacts on their functioning in the workplace.
Successful organisations know that taking care of their employees is not only the right thing to do; it also makes good business sense.
“The cost of stress to employers is huge. Employers spend millions of rands a year on stress-related absenteeism, turnover, lowered productivity, and direct medical, legal and insurance costs. The link between employee health and wellbeing and organisational performance is clear.”
Medical research has shown that most of today’s deadly diseases including stroke, heart disease, diabetes and many cancers can be prevented or, at the least, greatly diminished through three basic steps:
- healthy lifestyle
- early diagnosis of symptoms
- swift treatment of diseases.
An organisation’s wellbeing promotion objectives should therefore focus on health risk reduction, workplace accident / illness prevention; tools to manage stress and supportive measures to enable executives with low health risks to maintain those levels.
Incon Health offers an integrated approach that begins with a personal health risk assessment to establish a baseline for health improvement measurement, developing a plan for sustainable behaviour modification, and implementing measures for lifestyle enhancement.
These action steps provide Executives with the education and tools they need to positively impact on their personal health and wellness, work effectiveness and work/life balance. Our programme is focused on preventative measures and a range of medical technologies is available for additional investigations.
For further information about the Incon Health Executive Health Programme contact 021 975 2694.
“As an executive at one of the largest South African retailers, my schedule can easily overtake even my best intentions to keep a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Taking one day out to get a clear picture of my health was the perfect fit for me. I have already made great strides towards my wellness goals driven by the specialist’s recommendations, and I am on a charted path to keep it that way. The thoroughness of this physical was very impressive, it was seamlessly executed, and I would recommend it highly to anyone.”