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Healthier Employees Are Happier Employees

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Sunday, March 30, 2008
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It's no secret that unhealthy employees negatively affect the bottom line. Longer work hours and less balanced lives are sending employees over the edge health wise. They eat more fast food, exercise less and find television to be the only activity that they can actually squeeze into their schedule.

You can't control what your employees eat or whether they make it to the gym three times a week but you can help motivate them to get on the right track. Some simple changes you can make is to send out a health newsletter each month (ask your health insurance company if they offer this option to customers), post a new low fat recipe on the bulletin board each week and ask employees to contribute their favorites, arrange a discount to a gym nearby your office and encourage your employees to participate, offer green tea in the kitchen in addition to coffee and replace sodas in the vending machine with bottled water or pure fruit juice.

Encouraging good health doesn't have to be an expensive or difficult process… once you start employees will give you feedback and offer new ideas.

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Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

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