by Juli Settlemire, Marshall Communications Business Manager

You know you’re getting older when you injure yourself while sleeping. It’s embarrassing and doesn’t make for a great story. I know that I need to eat right, exercise and manage my stress — but somehow all of my good intentions devolve into “should’ve known betters.”

So I drink extra water when I take another NSAID and vow to do better. It’s difficult with the smell of fresh donuts and lure of Facebook — everything seems to conspire against me.

Thankfully, I spend the majority of my days surrounded by co-workers who are committed to healthy living. Nancy swims and bikes; Liz, Jess and Whitney are very careful about their diets; Greg coaches his daughter’s softball team; Charlene walks daily, and Megan runs circles around all of us — literally.

It’s important to have healthy influences, particularly at work. And for employers, healthy workers make a huge difference in the bottom line.

According to a 2015 study by the CDC, productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 billion annually in the United States, or $1,685 per employee.

These serious numbers are pushing more and more employers to re-evaluate their work environment and benefits.

See how one of our clients, Kennebec Savings Bank, implemented a cost-effective and fun program to improve employee health, morale and engagement —

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Read the article in Mainebiz.

Listen to the interview on the BreakTogether podcast.