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Care for Employee Well-Being From the Start

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Employee wellness is not a luxury for the modern workplace. Small business directly benefits when employees’ overall well-being thrives, resulting in 53% fewer sick days, higher productivity and lower rates of burnout and turnover. On the other hand, when employees’ well-being suffers, so does the organization. Starting off by prioritizing employee wellness, well-being and health literacy (understanding and knowing how to access their benefits) can help a new business sustain momentum.

According to a 2022 Gallup survey on workplace trends, engagement and well-being interact in powerful ways:

  • Employees who consistently experience high levels of burnout are 23% more likely to visit the emergency room.

  • More than half (57%) of the world’s employees don’t feel engaged at work, and only 35% of U.S. employees feel engaged in their work.

  • Only 33% of employees are thriving in their overall well-being.

  • Low employee health literacy weakens organizations. In fact, low health literacy is thought to cost the U.S. economy up to $236 billion annually in medical errors, increased disease and disability, lost income and poor public health.

Use these tips to take good care of your employees:

  1. Say it clearly and simply in a detailed guide or brochure that clearly outlines what services are covered, how to access care and how to file claims. Consider creating a comprehensive handbook or guide that outlines the plan details and provides step-by-step instructions for accessing care.

  2. Offer educational resources, such as webinars or informational sessions, to help your employees understand their health plan and the services it provides. These resources can cause employees confusion about what is covered and how to access care on the spot.

  3. Encourage preventive care, such as regular checkups, vaccinations and screenings to help employees stay on top of their health and catch potential issues early. Understanding the value of preventive care can help keep them healthy.

  4. Promote healthy habits to help your employees understand the full value of their health plan. Encourage regular exercise, healthy eating and stress management, and provide resources to help them make these changes.

  5. Offer incentives for healthy behavior, such as gym memberships or wellness programs, to encourage your employees to take care of their health. Incentives can help make healthy habits more appealing and can help your employees understand the value of their health plan.

Gone are the days when health insurance was just another cost to be managed. Viewing health benefits as an investment in the whole health and well-being of your employees and ultimately your business shows them you care and pays great dividends long-term.

Visit healthbenefitinsight.com for more employer health insurance insights.

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