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Engaged Workers Are Healthier Workers

Atlanta employers who want to increase work efficiency and have a healthier workforce should take note of a recent Gallup poll, which finds that workers who report high levels of engagement with their jobs also tend to be healthier and take better care of themselves and their bodies.

The survey was based on approximately 102,000 American adults above the age of 18. Gallup classified approximately 82,000 of those who were employed into three levels of engagement:“actively disengaged at work,”“not engaged by work” or “engaged with work.”The researchers determined the level of engagement by asking about participants’ satisfaction with their jobs, the kind of effort that they put into their jobs and their opinions about their employers.

Among those engaged with their work,59 percent reported that they ate healthy food and 54 percent reported that they exercised at least 30 minutes three or more times a week.

However, among those who reported being actively disengaged with their work, 53 percent reported eating healthy and 45 percent reported exercising at least three times a week.

When workers were satisfied with their work environment and engaged with their work, they were found to be much more likely to take care of their health and less likely to suffer from obesity and chronic diseases. Healthy workers tend to have a lower risk of work accidents.

The Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers at Parsons Law Group recommend that employers make investments in worker engagement for the sake of their employees’ health, efficiency and productivity.

Michael Parsons is an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer, representing injured workers in the metro Atlanta region and helping them recover the workers’ compensation benefits they have earned.