As healthcare costs continue to rise for organizations of all sizes, HR teams are constantly looking for new ways to lower costs while keeping employees healthy
Health coaching is an effective and increasingly popular way to achieve healthy outcomes and bring down costs. Making a conscious investment in employee health can also drive employees to be more involved in their wellness choices, which in turn can also lower costs. Health coaching is a great first step for any organization looking to put the health of employees at the forefront of its mission – and here’s why:
It positively impacts chronic conditions
When combined with other wellness initiatives, such as regular physician visits and exercise, health coaching can positively impact chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Even with focused workplace health programs, it can be difficult to track and monitor whether certain initiatives are making a measurable difference. Health coaches are trained to work one-on-one with patients and tailor information, programs, and recommendations directly to their specific use case.
With this level of customization, employees can make real strides toward wellness success, and this increase in healthy patients is reflected back on the employer’s bottom line. With measurable programs in place, employees with chronic issues are healthier and tend to stay out of the hospital.
It increases employee engagement in wellness programs
Sometimes organizations can leverage health coaching initiatives to drive engagement and utilization in wider-scale care programs. This can include initiatives such as onsite or near-site care clinics. When organizations make the decision to invest in these high-value operations, it’s important that employees see the value behind the program. Health and wellness coaches can help employees (even those who may not see the value in an easy-access care facility) understand the ‘why’ behind onsite care and drive engagement in the program.
This engagement also translates to more one-off workplace initiatives, such as fitness, stress relief, and healthy eating. Health coaches can help employees understand the logic and reasoning behind these efforts, increasing the overall participation levels of employer programs.
It makes people more comfortable with their health
Healthcare can be a stressful topic for many employees. When health, wellness, and lifestyle coaching is part of the everyday vernacular at an organization, employees are more open and comfortable with their health habits. It becomes a normal topic of conversation and engagement, which can increase employee satisfaction and forge close coworker bonds and relationships.
Health coaching works well for people who are often put off or wary of common healthcare fads or trends because it involves working one-on-one with a coach who has the employee’s health goals in mind. Employees aren’t just calling a random phone in search of answers – they’re talking with someone who knows their history and their lifestyle. Sometimes just building a comfortable environment for health and wellness can be a true catalyst for lifestyle changes. After all, people don’t just change overnight. It takes long-term, dedicated solutions to help them achieve their goals and improve their health.