Dealing with stress caused by workload demands and lack of resources can positively affect the company’s bottom line. ‘Implementing stress management initiatives is more effective and less expensive than dealing with the fallout of the stress once it hits,’ one expert says.
Health coaching has gained traction as employers tackle workers’ multiple health risks, including physical inactivity, stress, tobacco use and obesity. But there’s not yet hard evidence that such coaching works, or has demonstrable return on investment.
Before hiring a company to provide health coaching for employees, wellness experts recommend thoroughly evaluating the provider and the program itself, as well as understanding its responsibilities in making the program work.
With a few years of experience under their belts, employers and health plans are adjusting their consumer-driven health plan offerings in an attempt to make them more attractive to plan sponsors and employees.