Why Preventive Care Matters for Employees & Your Business
Preventive care is an important topic for your employees, because their health directly correlates with employee productivity and overall engagement in the office. Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in the month of January 2018 alone, about 4.2 million workers missed work because they had an
illness, injury, or medical problem or appointment, which is higher than in previous years. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) estimated in 2017 that almost 3% of an employer’s workforce was absent on any given day. Time away from the office is lost productivity.
1. Preventive measures will detect diseases earlier
Preventive approaches can detect a wide variety of diseases, even if no outward symptoms are present. This includes certain cancers, obesity, diabetes, and depression, among others. Diagnosing diseases earlier will result in better treatment outcomes.
An important approach is for employees to check in on their eye health. Did you know that a comprehensive eye exam can detect diabetes? Diabetes affects your blood vessels, and the back of the eye is the only place in the body where an eye doctor can directly view them. Worth noting that eye exams also detect hypertension, autoimmune disorders, high cholesterol, and tumors, among others. If you live in the greater Toronto area Eyecare Express will bring eye exams and eyewear directly to your employees at work!
2. Chronic absenteeism & presenteeism will decrease, and productivity will increase
When your employees are sick, they lose concentration, persistence, and focus, which hinders their productivity and ability to get work done efficiently. Research shows that businesses lose millions of dollars every year due to absenteeism and presenteeism, which is decreased productivity caused by health issues and other factors. According to the CDC, lost productivity related to absenteeism cost U.S. employers $225.8 billion annually, or $1,685 per employee.
How You Can Implement Preventive Care into Your Wellness Program
In a 2018 study, researchers found that a mere 8 percent of respondents were using all of the high-priority preventive services offered to them. Because of this, motivating employees to seek preventive care has never been more critical. Here are three ways to help employees prioritize prevention.
1. Bring preventive care to the office
Employees often neglect their health due to lack of time or inconvenience. Make healthcare easy by bringing it directly to them at work. Here are a few ideas:Eyecare Express: our mobile vision teams offer quick, easy, and one-of-a-kind eye exams and eyewear to companies in the Greater Toronto Area (at no cost your business!)
Have you considered on site preventive health benefits
Research shows that on site services have been shown to promote greater efficiency and productivity by saving time for employees. One study showed that employers offering on-site health care reported less than five lost workdays per employee annually, while employers without on-site clinics reported more than 20 lost days per employee. Ultimately, on-site benefits promote greater work-life balance and give employees their personal time back. They can use their valuable free time doing what they enjoy, like spending time with family and friends.
Eyecare Express can help with on site Eye Exams and Eyecare. Best part is most of the services are covered by your company health insurance plans and there is no cost to the company.
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