Necessity is the Grandfather of innovation and the changes to workplace healthcare and employee benefits that have come since the passing of the Affordable Care Act showcase this fact. The last decade has seen some significant changes and innovations that attract new talent to the workplace. Today’s professionals understand that healthcare is moving towards being much more proactive than reactive, and individual employee benefits reflect this reality.
The Healthiest Workplaces in the United States for 2019 were announced last November, and there are some interesting takeaways that we can learn from the best. We can also get an idea of what to expect moving forward, as soon as America gets back to work and overcomes the coronavirus pandemic. The healthiest workplaces know their employees, how healthy they are, what behaviors impact their health, and so on. These employers understand how to motivate their employees through programs, plans, and workplace incentives in order to develop a sustainably healthy professional culture.
The Data is In – People First
There’s a reason why these employers inspire workplace cultures that are the 100 healthiest. These employers put their employees’ health first when it comes to determining their benefits and the best plans that fit. The data which indicates specific results is highly important. Employee feedback is highly important as well, as this helps give each employer the information they need to develop specific plans for their professional population.
A Focus on Being Healthy All-Around
One thing that stands out when it comes to these employers is the fact that they don’t just focus on physical health. In addition to mental health, social and financial health is highly important as well. This holistic approach to wellbeing is something that is becoming increasingly popular with the top companies in America. About 80 percent of the 100 employers offered programs for financial wellness and mental health – which is huge to top-talent employees these days. About three-quarters of organizations include some kind of parental leave policy for both moms and dads. Additionally, about half of these plans also offered paid time off for employees who were dedicated to volunteer work, which means more now than ever.
Plan Offerings that Are Common
In order to offer employee benefits plans that focus on more than just the physical, there are some plan offers that are common from most of the 100 employers. Some of these common plan offerings include fitness programs, resources for information on nutrition, lifestyle coaching, flu shots, as well as risk assessment. Another common theme is that these employers offer telemedicine, which is becoming increasingly popular in general in the medical field.
Additionally, healthcare programs that are the most successful tend to offer plans that include aggregate reporting, gaps in care data as well as claims data. A huge part of these plans also includes employee satisfaction. If employees feel engaged and a part of the group, they are more likely to be healthier and will, therefore, cost a self-funded employer less when it comes to claims.
The Impact of Working From Home
Employee wellness will not stop to be important even though there are many professionals now working from home. Now more than ever, it’s important to engage workforces in order to maintain morale while still observing social distancing.