Employee well-being should be a priority now

The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization set their alarms to the maximum because in recent years the risk of having a stroke has increased among workers (+ 35%) and the possibility of dying from heart disease ischemic (+ 17%).

KEY DATA FOR TODAY Publication date: 2021-10-02

Business people on an active break at the office stretching and looking very happy – healthy lifestyle concepts Time to focus on employee well-being At a time when diseases related to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are on the rise, companies must further strengthen their commitment to improving the quality of life of your talents.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization set their alarms to the maximum because in recent years the risk of having a stroke has increased among workers (+ 35%) and the possibility of dying from heart disease ischemic (+ 17%).

The majority of deaths registered by these diseases are of people between 45 and 74 years of age. Likewise, it is indicated that the consequences left by overwork are maintained throughout life.

The causes, according to joint studies, show that this is due to excessive workloads, the increase in hours worked – in some cases up to 55 hours a week or more – and the stress levels experienced in some industries.

As a figure, in 2016 alone around 398,000 workers died from a stroke and about 347,000 from a disease related to heart failure.

The figures, taken before 2020, a year marked by the establishment of teleworking as a result of the restrictions taken by the COVID-19 pandemic, show that it is urgent to take action and for this, governments must work on measures that protect the employee and from the organizations the interest to take care of their elements must grow.

“It is time that all governments, employees, workers, finally recognize that long working hours can cause premature deaths,” says María Neira, WHO Director of Health, at the time of presenting the study carried out by the two entities, which they took publications from various organizations as a reference.

The global survey of the OTRS Group (Open-Source Ticket Request System), shows, compared to last year (2020), that almost a quarter of the participants warn of the constant danger of increasing working hours during the home office.

“This can be observed due to the constant use of virtual meetings, the difficulty of digital disconnection due to messaging applications such as WhatsApp that provide a feeling of eternal availability, and to some extent, a perception of time that can be altered due to the lack of changes of scenery. It all adds up, ”says Aideé Zamorano, a Mexican and activist, worker and who seeks to put these issues on the agenda of interest.

It could be thought that, in current times, work stress has been reduced due to the modality of working at home, however, since the escalation of this practice, more cases of “burnout” syndrome have been registered, which, according to To the WHO, it is about burnout as a result of chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.

Opportunity for companies

However, this is the ideal time for companies, mainly those in Central America, to reaffirm their commitment to their collaborators, promoting initiatives that revolve around bringing physical and mental well-being to them and their families, which leads to better performance. work and fulfillment of goals.

Why should companies be included in these topics? “Good nutrition and health can stimulate self-esteem, creativity and energy to perform, all focused on meeting the labor and commercial objectives of companies,” according to Enzo Bizzaro, member of the board of directors of FUNDEMÁS, which brings together the business organizations focused on Business Responsibility and Sustainability in El Salvador.

According to figures from the World Food Program (WFP) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in El Salvador, during 2017, US $ 2.5 billion were paid to treat diseases related to malnutrition, which represents more 10% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Of the figure, US $ 1,730 million correspond to losses in productivity.

During that same year, 4.5 million days of absenteeism were reported, all related to diseases linked to overweight and obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

“The obesity data in the country is alarming, around 60% of Salvadoran adults, among women

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