After interviewing a member of HR concerning a current issue related to compensation and benefits, I discovered one of the issues my organization is currently dealing with is obese employees in the workplace.
Overweight or obese individuals generate many health problems that affect not only themselves, but also their employers. These health problems will produce other sets of problems like health insurance expenditures, absenteeism and many more at the employers’ expense. Therefore, hiring obese employees can become costly and risky to an organization because they can potentially become a major liability and cause the organization harm.
Among the problems mentioned, the health insurance expenditure is the real headache. Obese employees insurances cost more due to its vulnerability to many illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, some type of cancers, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems and depressions. Their medical costs are 77% higher compared to normal size employees. And because employer pays their share in health insurances, the financial statue of the company will be threaten to destabilize. Such threats will force most employers to cut the wages or worst lay off a number of its workforce.
Absenteeism is another challenge or more likely a problem that an employer must also undertake. If one misses to go to work, chances are, the production will be affected, the deadlines will be missed, the paper works will froze or unfinished. The outcome for the company’s work flow intervention may lead to client’s dissatisfaction. And client’s dissatisfaction means profit loss.
Hiring obese employees does cost employers. The amount of loss is far higher than what they will gain. And if most employers suffer losses the possibility of massive layoff will be prevalence. As result, the country’s economic statue will weaken and will lead to multiple dilemmas.
National Business Group on Health. Institute on the Costs and Health...