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Engaged Employees Exercise More, Eat Healthier

The Gallup Daily tracking interviews in 2012 showed that engaged employees eat healthier and exercise more than non-engaged employees or disengaged employees. 

This is not the first connection Gallup research shows between employee engagement and health. Previous Gallup research shows that engaged employees:

  • Are healthier overall with fewer chronic diseases and lower obesity rates
  • Are 21% more likely to participate in worksite wellness programs

Gallup points out that it is not clear which way engagement and healthier lifestyle goes. In other words, does a healthier lifestyle increase engagement or does engagement improve health? However, Gallup concludes that the connection is clear and having more engaged employees will impact the health and health care benefit costs for employers.

These findings may indicate that to create, promote and support a culture of health in your organization, it is also critical for you to evaluate overall employee engagement and implement programs specifically designed to impact engagement. The engagement continuum is described by Gallup as:

  • Engaged employees are deeply involved in and enthusiastic about their work. 
  • Those who are not engaged may be satisfied, but are not emotionally connected to their workplaces and are less likely to put in discretionary effort. 
  • Employees who are actively disengaged are emotionally disconnected from their work and workplace and jeopardize their teams' performance. 

Read the complete summary of the connection between engagement and health. Learn more about the Gallup Employee Engagement Index.


Posted by Cristie Travis at 8:31 AM

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