Updated: Jan 13
Asian companies continue to face rising labour healthcare expenses that exceed inflation in most major economies. In Malaysia, 17.3 % of companies are facing the issue due to the frequent application of sick leave by the employees. The main driving forces of increasing healthcare cost is the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The common examples of NCDs are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugars, also known as 3-Highs. 3-Highs are mostly caused by unhealthy dietary habits and lifestyle (JobStreet.com, 2020).
The prevalence of Malaysians suffering from 3-Highs has been increasing over the years. There is a staggering 8.1 % of adults in Malaysia, approximately 1.7 million people, are diagnosed with having all 3-Highs (CodeBlue, 2020). According to the National Health & Morbidity Survey (NHMS) done in 2019, 17.5 % of Malaysians have diabetes resulted from a high blood sugar level while high blood pressure is at an astonishing 30 %. Lastly, there is 38.1 % of Malaysians who have high cholesterol which is very risky for health because it has the highest percentage amongst the NCDs.
However, employers can help their workers to live a healthier lifestyle and improve the condition of NCDs. Employers are in an ideal position to affect their workers’ healthy eating practices across various programs. Employers can try adopting a corporate nutrition program, which lays out policies that promote a healthy lifestyle and eating patterns as well as working environments.
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At Wellness Academy, we have just the solution for you. We can provide your company with our corporate wellness programs. We can supply Nutritionists for you to take care of your employees’ wellness without you actually having to hire one full-time. Our Nutritionists will educate and advise your staff on how to live a healthier and wealthier lifestyle. Besides, we have state-of-the-art health screening that can improve your staff’s overall health and well-being.
Benefits of Implementing Our Solution
A healthy employee can boost your company’s productivity, increase their engagement, boost their motivation to work, increase attendance, and most importantly lowering the medical cost in the long run which will significantly improve your organization’s overall performance. 89 % of workers are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work because their company supports well-being initiatives (American Psychological Association, 2016).
"61 % of employees agree that they have made healthier lifestyle choices because of their company’s wellness program." - Naz Beheshti in Forbes, 2019
Last but not least, companies need to understand that healthcare cost is certain to increase yearly due to numerous unavoidable factors. Therefore, it is extremely crucial for employers to be more financially vigilant and play a greater role in fostering a healthy work-life culture in the company.
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American Psychological Association. (2016, June 1). Workplace Well-being Linked to Senior Leadership Support, New Survey Finds. Retrieved from American Psychological Association: https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2016/06/workplace-well-being
Beheshti, N. (2019, January 16). 10 Timely Statistics About The Connection Between Employee Engagement And Wellness. Retrieved from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nazbeheshti/2019/01/16/10-timely-statistics-about-the-connection-between-employee-engagement-and-wellness/?sh=6a554c3d22a0
CodeBlue. (2020, May 29). Survey: 1.7 Million Malaysians Risk Three Chronic Conditions. Retrieved from CodeBlue - Health is a human right: https://codeblue.galencentre.org/2020/05/29/survey-1-7-million-malaysians-risk-three-chronic-conditions/
JobStreet.com. (2020). The Rising Cost of Employees’ Healthcare. Retrieved from JobStreet: https://www.jobstreet.com.my/en/cms/employer/rising-cost-employees-healthcare/
National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS). (2020, May 30). National Health and Morbidity Survey Key Findings 2019. Retrieved from NHMS: http://www.iku.gov.my/images/IKU/Document/REPORT/NHMS2019/Infographic_Booklet_NHMS_2019-English.pdf