Blog Investing in Your Employees’ Health
A healthy workforce is a happy workforce, and a little investment goes a long way when it comes to engaging and motivating your employees. By placing their health and wellbeing as a top priority, you can show you’re committed to them, in and out of work.
Most health initiatives today focus on just physical health, but not overall wellbeing, which can lead to a lack of engagement and wasteful spending. An effective approach to overall wellness begins with understanding the barriers employees face every day that prevent them from finding better health. Here are three components that make up personal wellness and are crucial to better employee health.
Employees have to have enough stamina and energy to be productive and get their jobs done every day. While this is the most obvious component, it’s the traditional physical health choices and actions that help your employees avoid chronic conditions that can affect their emotional and financial health. By offering easy access to regular primary care—especially without the barrier of co-pays and high-priced tests—your employees can head off many health issues early on, keeping them from becoming serious problems. Providing options for how and when they can access healthcare helps ensure they remain on the right track to achieving optimal health.
When you offer health and wellness programs, you drive education and engagement, which are critical to physical health. Whether this is a step challenge, a weight-loss drive or encouraging those with sedentary jobs to stand and move around every hour, all help improve overall physical health. EBO MD also offers weight management services for those who need a little extra help getting to a healthy lifestyle. Our healthcare providers understand that every person is different, and we are equipped to help them take control of their health.
There is a larger link between financial and physical health than you may realize. Most of us have had some sort of financial strain or unexpected expense pop up that caused stress or worry. A 2019 survey showed that more than half of Americans lose sleep over money. Even worse, 78 percent of U.S. adults are losing sleep worrying about everyday expenses, saving for retirement and healthcare costs. Add those unexpected expenses to other money goals like saving for a vacation or new car, and the amount of stress felt can reach dangerous levels.
By offering your employees access to financial resources and services to help them understand and overcome their financial obstacles, you’re empowering them to effectively manage their economic lives. A direct primary care membership with EBO MD eliminates most of the varying costs associated with healthcare, allowing employees to budget around a consistent, low-cost expense that covers most of their primary care needs.
Emotional wellbeing is influenced by both physical and financial health, yet people don’t like to talk about it. There is still a stigma around mental health, even though progress is being made. Emotional health is important to talk about because not everyone has the capacity to emotionally cope with life’s ups and downs without it affecting their work lives. We’re only human, after all.
Offering mental health services in your employee benefits packages such as mental health days and counseling services can make a world of difference to your team. With an EBO MD membership, behavioral counseling and support are offered to the member and their immediate family members with no additional charge. Maybe the employee has a teenager who is struggling and needs to speak with someone. You don’t have to worry any longer about locating the right counselor and working around school schedules because all of these services are online and available 24/7.
Investing the right way
At the end of the day, a healthy employee is a happy and productive employee. Whether part-time or full-time, your team spends a large portion of their lives with you. And if you aren’t taking care of their overall health and wellbeing, you’ll feel the impact if and when something goes wrong. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to invest in your employees so they can then invest in you.
To learn more about corporate or group memberships with EBO MD and creating better employee health at your workplace, please call Chrystal at 573-803-2941 or contact us.
EBO MD is not insurance coverage. We encourage patients to maintain some level of health insurance to help cover the costs of medical care that they receive from medical providers or facilities outside our practice.
If you have questions about how your existing insurance policy will work with direct primary care, contact your insurance provider.