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Marathon Health Blog

4 Ways to Improve Employee Mental Health

Businesses can support employees – and improve their bottom line

When it comes to addressing health, people tend to pay attention to their physical health but often overlook the body’s most complex and mysterious organ: the brain. While one in five Americans suffer from mental illness each year, only 40 percent of those suffering receive treatment. Opportunity knocks. Businesses can be a part of the solution to support employees in need of mental health services. While companies adopt health and wellness programs to support employees improving their physical health, there is an opportunity to support employee mental health goals.

Real People, Real Health Improvement

10 motivational stories of health transformation

We are inspired. Across the country, over 360,000 Marathon Health members are improving their health with support, education, and encouragement at their onsite health centers. Onsite health coaching puts patients in the driver’s seat of their health by supporting them through weight loss, smoking cessation, stress, illness, and chronic conditions. After talking with their providers about their health goals and concerns, patients are able to make a realistic plan for long-lasting lifestyle changes.

Health Insurance Alone Does Not Ensure Health

There’s a difference between sick care and healthcare. You provide your workforce with a health benefit plan to take care of them when they are sick, but how do you ensure they get or stay healthy?

How to Cut Your Healthcare Spend by 25%

The cost of healthcare continues to rise. In fact, “healthcare benefit costs are still rising at two times the rate of wage increases and three times general inflation, making this trend unaffordable and unsustainable over the long term," according to a recent publication by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). “The total cost of healthcare, including premiums and out-of-pocket costs for employees and dependents, is estimated to average $14,800 per employee in 2019, up from $14,099 this year.”

This is the bad news. The good news is employers are learning there are actionable steps they can take to reduce the rising costs of healthcare.  

What's it Like to Be a Wellness Nurse?

From Medscape

As nurses explore healthcare opportunities across the U.S., one model continues to grow - worksite healthcare. In fact, 33 percent of large employers now offer healthcare directly at the worksite. This model brings whole health and wellness services to the workforce to keep healthy people healthy and prevent or manage chronic conditions. Worksite healthcare is transforming the U.S. healthcare system for employers and medical professionals.

Cut the Cost of Stress in the Workplace

Stressed workers cost employers $500 billion each year

From the factory floor to the corporate boardroom, rising workplace stress negatively impacts productivity, employee health, and your organization’s bottom line. In fact, stressed workers cost employers $500 billion annually. The good news is your organization is able to directly address this issue. Employees spend at least one third of their day at the worksite, which provides you an excellent opportunity to promote better physical and mental health across your workforce.

What Employees Need to Make Lasting Health Improvements

Whether trying to lower their blood pressure, manage their weight, quit smoking, or decrease their stress, your employees need support in their health. But, they can’t move along their health journey if they’re not ready or interested in doing so. To better understand your employees’ unique health hurdles, worksite healthcare providers can assess their willingness to change through health coaching and motivational interviewing. This approach provides the guidance, support, and education employees need to begin their health journey.

Top 3 Employer Healthcare Trends

Employers are taking the reins on rising healthcare costs. At an increasing pace, we saw U.S. employers implement different methods of providing quality care for their employees, without breaking the bank. More than two-thirds of U.S. employers currently offer wellness programs and 33 percent of large U.S. employers now offer worksite healthcare to their employees. As a result, employers are moving the needle on expensive healthcare claims by supporting their employees in their health improvement – and it makes good business sense. The Washington Post reports that this approach “can help companies reduce healthcare costs, cut absentee rates, and perhaps attract top talent.”

Why Leadership is Essential for Employee Worksite Healthcare

Employers know healthy employees are productive employeesand they cost less. It’s no surprise that one third of large U.S. employers have chosen worksite healthcare, and more than two-thirds of U.S. employers currently offer wellness programs. When employers build a culture of wellness with supportive health resources – such as worksite health centers – they play a proactive role in improving employee health. The Washington Post reports that this approach “can help companies reduce health-care costs, cut absentee rates, and perhaps attract top talent.” But, introducing these resources isn’t enough. It’s essential to engage your leadership team to achieve results.