While most employees (88%) say that they engage in healthy behaviours, they don’t necessarily take specific actions toward living a healthy lifestyle finds a recent Hewitt Study of almost 30000 employees.
74% of employees agree that their employer has a role in helping them understand how to use their health plan, but only 12% agree or strongly agree their employer has a role in helping them understand how to stay healthy.
Employees value Health Risk Questionnaires and about 80% who had an opportunity did so and 60% of employees reported taking actions to improve their health based on the recommendations generated from the HRQ.
There is a disconnect between what employers and employees see as the barrier to health. Employers believe the biggest obstacle when making health care decisions is a lack of understanding as to why they need to make different decisions and the lack of quality information necessary to make informed decisions. Employees already believe that they are engaging in healthy behaviours and may not see the need for change in their behaviours. Employees may not be taking specific actions towards living a healthy lifestyle.
Top 3 Business Issues – 2008
- Managing costs
- Keeping employees healthy to improve productivity
- Competitive positioning
Top 3 Workforce Issues – 2008
- Employee satisfaction
- Keeping employees healthy
- Protecting employees against catastrophic health losses
Top 3 Pressing Conditions – 2008
- Heart disease
- Overweight and obesity
Trends show that employers are identifying the health and health care needs of increasingly narrow segments of their populations and crafting solutions that fit those segments. They are moving from a mind-set that health care is a cost that needs to be managed to health and productivity as a critical business investment.
Over the next three to five years, a majority of employers (88%) plan to make “significant investments in longer term solutions aimed at improving the health and productivity of their workers.”
Currently only 33% of respondents to the Employee Wellness Survey are offering HRAs.(19% from the Buffett Company Worksite Wellness Survey) These are a proven way to show your employees what issues they are facing and what their next steps may entail.
Do you feel that an HRA would be beneficial to your health?
Does your company offer HRA’s?
Do you feel that your company’s wellness programs are tailored enough to the needs of the employees?
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