Healthy Workforce

A healthy workforce is the key to a healthy company

The annual CBI/Pfizer "Absence and workplace health survey" has calculated that the UK economy lost 200 million working days to absence in 2011, with each employee taking 8.5 days off sick on average (almost 4% of the workforce averaged out over a year).

This equates to a cost of £17 billion each year.

The combined costs of sickness absence and "presenteeism" (showing up for work but performing below par) are estimated at over £26bn each year in the UK alone!


Here is a simplified example of calculating the cost of absence:

Retail Company – 5000 staff.  Just using basic salary data (i.e. excluding National Insurance, management time etc), this company’s raw absence costs look like this:

  • Staff work a 37 hour week for £6 per hour £222 per week per employee
  • Across 5000 staff, this is a weekly pay bill of £1,110,000
  • This is a monthly pay bill of £4,806,300
  • And an annual pay bill of £57,720,600

Every 1% of sickness absence will cost £577,200 each year

At the UK national average of 4% absence will cost £2,300,800 each year

Measuring costs of absence though also need to take account of; indirect costs such as costs of employing and training temporary cover staff. In addition to the indirect and direct costs mentioned, this does not allow for ‘opportunity costs’ that are harder to quantify but still important in building up a true picture of the total cost of absence. These include:

  • lost sales
  • lost customers
  • Inability to take on new contracts
  • Inability to fulfil existing contracts


So, what are the business benefits of healthy employees?

Employee Wellbeing - a valid investment with proven returns

"Research found considerable evidence that health and wellbeing programmes produced considerable economic benefits across all sectors and sizes of business: in other words that good health is good business" Dame Carol Black, UK Government Director for Health and Work

In order for your company to succeed in these tough economic times it’s important to have healthy reliable employees to keep your business one step ahead of your competition. As an independent Herbalife distributor we have created a special corporate package which will help you achieve this.

Achieving optimum nutrition...

Excesses and deficiencies in the modern diet

Excesses and deficiencies in the modern diet

The modern diet generally contains too many foods that are bad for us, and not enough foods that are good. Herbalife's core products are a great nutritional base to put you back on the path to optimum nutrition.

Research has shown that companies with health wellness plans:

  • Reduce business cost from decreased absenteeism due to ill health and stress
  • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints
  • Improved staff morale
  • Team building opportunities
  • Employees who are able to deal with stress more effectively
  • Increases staff motivation
  • Reduce staff turnover leading to a reduction in recruitment and training cost
  • Improves company profits


We can provide following programs:


  • Wellness seminars on nutrition advice, reducing stress, fat loss and back pain
  • Group personal training to improve wellness and fat loss
  • Articles in company newsletter on fitness and wellness
  • Team building fitness games

We have designed fat loss and wellness training programs which are GUARANTEED to get you the results you want while having fun.

On average, for every 100 employees:


  • 44 suffer from stress
  • 38 are overweight
  • 31 use alcohol excessively
  • 30 have high cholesterol
  • 26 have high blood pressure
  • 25 have cardiovascular disease
  • 24 don’t exercise
  • 21 smoke
  • 20 don’t wear seatbelts
  • 12 have asthma
  • 6 are diabetic

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, 


The Truth about Corporate Wellness Programs:

MYTH: Only big companies see results...

FACT: Cost-benefits studies with the strongest research design and greatest number of participants have typically centred on large companies like Johnson& Johnson, Citibank and Procter& Gamble. There is evidence, however, that small businesses can achieve comparable results with as few as five employees actively engaged in a well-managed program.

MYTH: Corporate wellness programs are costly and difficult to run...

FACT: Wellness programs can take the form of simple educational tools, such as posting a wellness bulletin board, or a short physical activity break built into the workday. Small, uncomplicated steps are often the best way to begin building a company culture of health and wellness and to gain momentum.

MYTH: Virtually all employees have to participate for a company to see a return on investment...

FACT: Widespread employee participation certainly boosts a company’s rate of return, but significant gains can also be made on an individual level. Preventing just one medical event, such as a heart attack or stroke, in your company’s work force could potentially offset the costs of providing an employee wellness benefit.

How we got started:

From being a Director of a Manufacturing business I have dealt with effects of unhealthy lifestyles and stresses in the workplace and its effects on sickness, staff motivation and morale over many years.

I tried to tackle these issues with event days, bonuses and annual functions however I quickly learnt this was never a long term solution to an ongoing issue. I was always looking for ways to improve and reward my team for their hard work. 

I felt so passionate about health and wellness I decided to change my career path and opened a Corporate Wellness Business, to encourage businesses to trial the benefits of an employee wellness plan. 

Through skills, high quality products and the knowledge gained over many years my team and I are striving to provide businesses a solution to help reduce sickness absence by promoting a healthier life style and increased workplace wellbeing.

“Wellness is often tied specifically to fitness and nutrition, and although these focuses are the backbone of physical wellness, we believe true wellness encompasses much more”

To find out more about our “Corporate Wellness Programs” call on 07827 675610, Paul Dunham


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