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Compelling health statistics

  • Sickness and absenteeism costs organisations an estimated $2,700 per employee each year1.
  • Workplace absenteeism costs the Australian economy between $7 billion2 and $18 billion3 per year.
  • A workplace’s healthiest staff are almost three times more productive than its unhealthiest staff.4
  • Reduced productivity from unwell staff attending the workplace is equivalent to the loss of six working days per employee per year.5
  • Australian workers are losing more than three days each year because of workplace stress.6
  • Workplace stress is costing the Australian economy $15 billion per year.7
  • Depression causes 1 in 5 people to work at 40% capacity8
  • Obesity results in an average work impairment of around 14%
  • Companies undertaking health & wellbeing programs on average reap $5 for every $1 invested9

Results of a study on companies that managed wellness programs effectively10:

  • Organisational performance was 2.5 times better
  • Employee engagement was 8 times higher
  • Creativity and innovation was 3.5 times higher
  • Retention of talent was 4 times higher over a 12 month period
  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics
  2. Wooden M. The cost of time off work in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources 1993; 30(3): 1-10
  3. Hallis. 2007 Workplace Survey Media Release, 24 April 2007.
  4. Lixin C, Guyonne K. Health status and labor force participation: evidence from Australia. Health Economics 2006; 15(3): 241-261
  5. ibid
  6. Econtech
  7. Medibank Private
  8. Wellness and productivity management – a new approach to increasing performance, 2009
  9. Burton et al, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol 41, p 863-877, 1999
  10. Cultivate Sanitarium