The Future of Employee Health is Virtual – Don’t Miss the Connection
In the ongoing exploration of employee productivity and retention, we continue to investigate the connection that wellness and benefits play in providing the greatest ROI to employers. In the face of compelling statistics, many companies are learning that the choice of providing robust benefit packages really isn’t much of a choice at all.
In 2016, the Sunlife Canada Health Index showed that 84 per cent of Canadians believed that employers have a responsibility to support the health of their employees. With $2.7 billion lost to employee and family-related health issues a year¹, there is already a compelling argument that employers are paying the price for workplace wellness whether they want to or not.
Wellness and Small Business
Smaller business owners can often be hardest hit by employee health issues as they balance on the survive/thrive tightrope and aim to streamline productivity by optimizing staff functions. Loss of productivity or absenteeism can have a more profound impact on a smaller company’s profitability and the health of its other employees who must do even more with even less.
In these types of situations, the Chambers Plan Employee Benefits make the most sense; the plan is affordable for those with 1 – 100 employees and has a menu of customizable options to give business owners a selection of the benefits that their employees really need.
New Telemedicine Services
Thanks to a recent partnership between Teladoc Health and Johnston Group, which administers the Chambers Group Insurance Plan, Telemedicine Services will now be available to 30,000 Canadian businesses as part of the Chambers benefit portfolio.
“This partnership is bringing together unrivaled market expertise and high-quality health services to support Canadian businesses from coast-to-coast, no matter their size,” said Dave Angus, president, Johnston Group, in a September media release. Click here to read the full release.
Teladoc Health Telemedicine Services will give employees the ability to speak to a licensed doctor in French or English by phone or with a mobile app and receive a diagnosis for a variety of common health conditions. Telemedicine is also available to employees when they travel to the United States.
Four and a half million Canadians don’t have a primary care physician² and rely on urgent care or leave their illnesses untreated. Telemedicine can help employees—especially those in rural areas—access quality virtual care and get a quick resolution to health issues 24 hours a day, 365 day a year when it’s convenient for them. There is a quick one-hour turnaround time to speak with a board-certified doctor and prescriptions can be forwarded to a pharmacy when needed.
A major advantage of telemedicine is that employees will appreciate the benefit, which can lead to improved job satisfaction and overall performance at work. As well, staff can start feeling better sooner and stay healthier and more productive.
Let’s remember the employer benefit too, like decreased absenteeism from illness and a reduction in lost cost. Business owners and employers will also have access to telemedicine services that can go a long way in supporting their own health and that of their families.
In the end, if providing benefits like telemedicine for wellness or Employee Assistance Programs for mental health will lead to employee productivity, satisfaction and retention, then employers need to decide if they want to invest their companies’ money into the wellness of their workforce or lose it to costly absenteeism and unproductivity. The Chambers Plan Employee Benefits featuring Teladoc Health Telemedicine Services ensures that your money as well as your staff is working for you.
¹Ontario Human Rights Commission
²How Canada Compares: Results from The Commonwealth Fund 2015 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians