WorkSiteRight: With On-Site Clinics on the Rise, Employers See Productivity and Cost Savings
On-site clinics are increasingly popular in workplaces, and for good reason. Not only do employees need to monitor their physical and ergonomic health, employers save money by protecting their workers.
Benefits and wellness leaders are increasingly adding on-site natural care clinics to workplaces as a way to further drive a culture of health and wellbeing among employees. Growth forecasts for worksite health offerings are bullish, with the biggest growth area being mid-sized employers (200-500 employees). As the popularity of this offering increases—and employers of all sizes, employees and health professionals work together to focus on prevention—employees experience positive health outcomes and decreased medical expenses.
Designed to reduce employee injury but also enhance employee health and increase productivity, on-site clinics have been known to bridge the gap between information and taking action in one’s health, often resulting in reduced stress, improved mental, movement and physical wellbeing.
On-site clinics come in several forms and most recently include complementary and integrative healthcare such as chiropractic, educational and motivational services; balance and workstation assessment; and chair massages. Employees are empowered to engage as the provider, and offering the services has no out-of-pocket cost to them.
While the costs of risk management related to employee health and wellbeing are typically regarded as business overheads, business, operations, benefits and wellness leaders should consider the positive impacts of this long-term investment.
Reduced Healthcare Costs and Injuries
According to a recent survey, disabling workplace injuries cost U.S. companies more than $55 billion per year. Musculoskeletal conditions and poor health habits drive nearly 33 percent of these costs. Workers in construction, manufacturing, healthcare, leisure and hospitality, transportation, retail and professional and business services are at the greatest risk of these injuries. It is in these industries where the repetitive nature of the job can have a negative impact on workers’ physical health.
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