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Why Are Hospital Workers Sicker?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 26th, 2014

Towers Watson’s 2012 Global Workforce Study examined attitudes and perceptions of more than 32,000 workers around the world and surveyed 1,055 hospital employees in the U.S. The survey asked respondents to self-report a range of health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes and unhealthy cholesterol levels. They found that U.S. hospital employees reported, on average, 15% more health conditions than the average U.S. worker. In addition, 19% of U.S. hospital workers said they were managing two or more health conditions, compared with 13% of U.S. workers.

sick nurseThese findings are consistent with a Thomson Reuters analysis showing that hospital workers are nearly 9% more likely than the U.S. workforce overall to be diagnosed with chronic medical conditions.

An unhealthy workforce is a costly workforce. Ironically, given the fact that hospitals have the resources and experience to manage wellness, the hospital workers in our Global Workforce Study said their employers fell short in this area. Fewer than half of the U.S. hospital employees said their employer supported their health and well-being.

To increase the health of your hospital employee, saving money and lives, learn about my SelfCare for HealthCare™ program. Contact me directly to discuss bringing this powerful program to your employees.

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