According to new research, poor employee health is one of the most persistent problems effecting productivity, profitability and competitiveness for Irish organisations.

A corporate health service provider, Fusion HR has analysed the health risk factors identified by just under 600 Irish employees through its Health House wellness portal to estimate the cost of poor employee well-being on the Irish economy.

The company then applied productivity impact factors which resulted from a key  study carried out in 2005, at the University of Michigan, on the association of health risks and job productivity of over 28,000 employees, to quantify its findings.

According to the results, €2.4 billion per annum is the cost of lost productivity to the Irish economy due to poor employee well-being. This equates to approximately €1,200 per employee for the approximately 2 million Irish workforce.

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