Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Summer Wellness Tips for Employees

Encourage healthy habits this summer for decreased absenteeism.

When it comes to keeping healthy and preventing absenteeism amongst employees, it is no secret that employer-sponsored health and wellness programs go a long way towards ensuring a happy, healthy staff. Not only do daily fitness programs for employees decrease their stress and promote multiple health improvements, but they can also save your business thousands of dollars in health care costs, simply by introducing your staff to a healthier lifestyle.

However, an active lifestyle and a regular health and fitness regimen are not the only things that prevent absenteeism in employees. There are also many other lifestyle factors that can lead to potential illness or a sick days, resulting in significant costs to your company’s bottom line. For instance, American businesses lose an average of 2.8 million work days each year due to unplanned absences. These absences cost U.S. employers more than $74 billion. Other studies also show that unplanned employee absences caused a 54 percent decrease in productivity and a 39 percent drop in sales and customer service each year.

Unfortunately, many employees are not aware of just how easy it is to prevent some of these illnesses or problems from occurring. To help you ensure that your staff is staying healthy and strong all summer long, we have put together some of the most common causes of employee absenteeism that occur during the summer season, along with some basic tips on how to prevent these problems in the first place.


While you can’t blame your employees for wanting to soak up as much sun as they possibly can during their summer weekends away from the office, it is important for them to know just how dangerous this activity can be to their skin and their health. It only takes a few minutes out in the sun without sunscreen for the effects of skin cancer or skin poisoning to set in. Therefore, be sure to apply generous amounts of sun block (that protects against both UVA and UBV rays) whenever you are planning on heading outside. Also, if you plan on being outside for a significant amount of time, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat to further protect your face and your eyes from the dangers of UV rays.

Poisonous Plants

One of the reasons many people enjoy the summer months so much is because it means more time spent outdoors with nature. However, whether you are tending to your garden, going for a hike in the mountains, or simply taking a quick walk around the neighborhood, be sure to keep an eye out for poisonous plants such as poison ivy, oak or sumac. Also, you can decrease your risk of coming in contact with these plants by using protective clothing, such as a long pants, long-sleeved shirt and vinyl gloves, as well as barrier lotions/creams.


When you are outside all day with your family and friends, it is easy to forgot about keeping yourself hydrated. However, when the sun is beating down on you all day during the summer months and you are sweating outside, it is very easy to lose water and for your body to become dehydrated. If you feel yourself becoming dizzy, having a dry mouth or becoming faint, be sure to drink a nice big glass of water to bump up the amount of fluids in your system.