A four-year investigation on executive health has ranked the physical and mental wellbeing of industry leaders by sector, with interesting insights into the most – and least – healthy people.
The Executive Health Index, compiled by Executive Health Solutions from 70,000 health assessments between July 2013 and June 2017, ranked people in the legal profession as the healthiest overall.
Sadly but not surprisingly, small business and individuals came in the bottom half of the rankings, but by no means took home the wooden spoon. That honour belonged to those working in agriculture, forestry and fishing.
The highest and lowest ranking mirror the table overall, with white-collar sectors performing better than their blue-collar counterparts.
Breaking down by particular types of health, the most physically healthy sector was professional services and consulting, followed by retail, education and training, legal, and banking. SMEs came in 16th place.
SMEs performed much better, however, in terms of medical health, ranking fifth behind legal, financial services and commerce, banking, and accounting.
Yet mental health was a vastly different story, coming in at the very bottom of the list. Somewhat surprisingly, those with the highest psychological health ranking were accounting, mining, hotels hospitality and food, insurance, and banking.
“This index is unique in capturing and comparing data exclusively from an executive group. It allows organisations to see where the risks are and where improvements can be made,” said Executive Health Solutions CEO John Hall.
“The accounting sector, for example, did well overall but has room for improvement in nutrition.”
3 Professional services and consulting
5 Financial services and commerce
8 Electricity, gas, water and waste services
9 Public sector – federal
10 Rental, hiring and real estate
11 Education and training
14 Hotels, hospitality and food
15 Small business and individuals
16 Public sector – state
18 Construction and engineering
19 Transport, postal and warehousing
20 Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.