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Employers rewarding workers for good health

As part of their employee reward programs, many companies are looking holistically at workers' well-being, including their mental and physical states.

As part of their employee reward programs, many companies are looking holistically at workers' well-being, including their mental and physical states.

This is being done for a number of reasons. Healthy employees are less likely to miss work and are often more productive. Additionally, a fit workforce helps cut down the costs businesses are spending on healthcare benefits.

With this in mind, Fox News suggests staff members think twice about smoking that lunchtime cigarette or indulging in a teatime eclair. Businesses are attaching rewards to certain quantitative targets, including weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.

"Companies have been working on this for years already, getting people to know their numbers like blood pressure and weight and cholesterol," Dr. Michael Cryer, Aon Hewitt's medical director, told the news source. "Now we're at the stage where they're encouraging employees to actively manage those numbers."

Firms will want to go about implementing such programs carefully, as not everyone may want to participate. Talking it over with staff members can help ameliorate some of the worries, though.

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