Work-related injury and illness were estimated to cost $60.6 billion in the 2008–09 financial year. This represented 4.8% of GDP. This doesn’t take into account non-work related illness or injury, but add more zeroes and the cost to work-place productivity is unthinkable. Jonathan Jackson examines what can be done to curb the cost blow-out of health related problems. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Australia may be one of the best places in the world to live, but it is also one of the hardest working. OECD figures show that more than 14% of Australian workers put in more than 50 hours a week, way above the OECD average of 9%. In this age of work-life balance, it is startling that there is so much time devoted to work matters and less time devoted to family and health. According to Image Group International CEO Jon Michail, work-life balance is a myth and has never really had any traction. Speaking from his own experience he says, “My parents worked very hard. They tried to create something as migrants that was way beyond what they could do in their own country. They were self-employed and would come home late at night and we’d miss the dinner table chat, but it was understood by me and my brothers that they had to do what they had to do. And I have a lot of empathy with parents that still do that to this day.” It is interesting when the topic of work-life balance comes up that Jon says the term itself is spin. Thinking back to the hours his parents worked, having emigrated from Greece when Jon was six, and the hours that some parents in similar situations put in today, there is very little time for balance. It really does come down to doing what you need to do to provide a life for your family.