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Are Employers Responsible for Employee Health?

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Should employees be held responsible for their employees’ health? Some say yes. Should we go so far as to include Employee Health as a line item on the annual report? Possibly.

Of course employers should support worker well-being. But should companies be held accountable for those employees who choose to smoke, booze it up (after hours, of course) or refuse to exercise or meditate. Now, that’s a slippery slope.

Employers can encourage employee health through offering health-promoting activities, programs and literature. It is, after all, in the best interest of the company to have a healthy, happy workforce. And consumers may want to know how the companies they support treat their employees. But do shareholders need to know what percentage of Company X’s employees have high blood pressure or high cholesterol? That might be taking it to the extreme.

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