Employees May be Healthier if They Use Their Skills

Empowered workforce meets health goals too

When employees are able to use their skills at work, they’re actually benefitting their health at the same time.

It may seem like a stretch, but according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Stanford Prevention Research Center, skill utilization, defined as the opportunity to do one’s best in the workplace, is associated with better health. It’s based on self-efficacy, which is that a person can do what they decide to do. When employees are given the chance to do their best and are recognized and appreciated for it, they feel capable and empowered to take on other challenges both in all areas of their lives. One of these challenges may be to achieve a healthier lifestyle. In fact, the study showed that employees who reported higher skill utilization reported better general health and were less likely to have hypertension or high cholesterol.

It’s long been accepted that identifying an employee’s strengths and encouraging them to use their skills is good for business, but now it’s been demonstrated that it’s also good for their health.

Read more at cdc.gov/features/employee-health/index.html

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