Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Employers using Heatlh 2.0

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In a recent article at the Toronto Star, they focus on the growing popularity of how people are going online to discover more about their health and the medical world. But the part that intrigued me most about this article was that some employers are using these sites to promote self-awareness for the employees, and educating them so they can boost productivity and reduce absenteeism.

Dr. Gunther Eysenbach, who provided insight for the article had this to say about why employers are embracing informing their employees of medical issues:

"We now see employers understanding that if they don't start to provide some very important support to their employees, they will be in quite a mess in the next few years because of aging baby boomers who are struggling with health issues, in terms of employee absenteeism, in terms of labour shortages, in terms of (the health effects of) people working 24/7."
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