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Play It Safe

Look after employees' off-the-job health, too.

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This story appears in the June 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It pays to care about what your employees do away from work, because keeping them safe and healthy off the job can affect productivity on the job--and help you manage and other costs.

For employers, the cost of off-the-job injuries is greater than workplace injuries, says Elizabeth Wilson of the National Safety Council. Companies responding to a 2004 NSC survey said that in addition to safety programs, they offer -promotion programs to employees and their families. The top-ranked programs, based on their potential to improve worker safety and health off the job, were fitness training, and health education.

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