Well, did you know that a males life expectancy is nearly 5 years less than females? Or that the rate of suicide for men is 3 ½ times higher than women? Men are also more likely to be overweight than women, even though women naturally store higher levels of fat (women 25-31% body fat, males 18-24% body fat).
Targeting men’s health in the workplace can be extremely effective, as people spend a large proportion of their life at their working environment.
An important service that JTA provides to workplaces is Worker Health Checks. Having a health check at your workplace can be significantly important for employee health and wellbeing.
A huge benefit of providing Work Health Checks at your workplace is that men can have their risk factors assessed for things like cardiovascular disease, biomedical results like cholesterols levels and blood pressure, and have their diabetes risk score assessed against the guidelines.
Unfortunately men are much less likely to seek professional help for problems and undertake regular check-ups much less often than women. Hosting Work Health Checks can identify those in the high risk category, who can then be advised to undergo further testing by a qualified GP.
According to a report from WorkSafe Victoria, blue collar workers are more likely to have high blood pressure, drink at risky levels, and be at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease than their white collar counterparts.
It is vital that men, especially working in the blue collar industry, take care of themselves and their health. This is also important because blue collar workers tend to use their body in a much more physically demanding way than white collar workers.
Absenteeism is costing Australia $28 billion in lost productivity and working time. Workplace health programs can increase productivity, employee morale and corporate image, whilst reducing injuries, work claims, insurance premiums and negative associations with being at work. Can your workplace afford not to invest in your employees?
Find out more by viewing our Corporate Health Check Factsheet.
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WorkSafe Vic – Monash Work Health Checks link, extracted from http://www.ihraustralia.net/news-and-opinion/blue-collar-workers-not-in-the-pinkest-of-health-latest-workhealth-checks 01/10/2014