The U.S. Dept. of Labor estimates that on any given day, three percent of an employer’s workforce is absent. It comes at a high price – about 21% of total payroll each year – and the affect is even greater when taking into account lost productivity, decreased morale and temporary labor costs.

Cost of Absent Employees

Burch Food Services absenteeism cost chart

Topping the list of reasons why employees miss work is illness. From seasonal viruses to chronic diseases, employee health takes a major toll on missed work. But there is something you can do to combat it. Workplace wellness programs have been shown to reduce absenteeism for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Lowering stress among workers
  • Promoting positive, long-term health behaviors
  • Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels
  • Decreasing obesity

All of that leads to a healthier workforce, and ultimately, fewer sick days. Burch Food Services partners with organizations to promote wellness programs through healthy break room food service solutions. Explore what that could mean for your business: