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“FrontLine Employee has solved the daunting task of providing my small team the benefit of a customized monthly newsletter in a cost-effective way. The practical tips on work/life wellness and training are so insightful, simple, and important. Our employees are able to take ideas from this wonderful newsletter and start utilizing them immediately!” --  Meredith Rosenow, The Continental Group, Property Management

FREE Workplace Health Information
and Workplace Wellness Tip Sheets
for Human Resources, Health and Wellness, EAP,
Mental Health, and Occupational Health Programs
WHAT: We distribute free workplace health and wellness tip sheets monthly to anyone requesting them. Each one is valued at $17 and comes in three formats -- MS Publisher, MS Word, and a PDF. You are also welcome to visit our fact sheet/tip sheet product page to learn more, and to see our growing catalog. There is no obligation to make a purchase. This is our way of staying touch with interested persons because eventually most people want to know about our other products. Please tell other about this page!

INSTRUCTIONS: Workplace health handouts are completely editable by you. You have our permission to imprint your name and program on them, change content, reproduce them in unlimited quantity for in-house use only, or post them to your web site--a password to protect them is a must. You must also keep our copyright. Workplace health fact sheets cannot be resold or used by a managed care organization at anytime. Please contact us for a special license in this situation.

DFA Publishing & Consulting, LLC, P.O. Box 2006,
Mount Pleasant, SC 29465
(843) 884-3632 Fax (843) 884-0442 -- Contact us
How to Help Your Employee Stay Healthy

As employer health insurance premiums continue to outpace inflation, companies have an increased financial interest in helping their employees stay healthy.  According to the National Coalition on Health Care, employer health insurance premiums increased by 7.7% in 2006 alone.  The numbers are more than a little unsettling.

That’s the bad news.  The good news is that a smartly managed health assistance program can substantially lower your premiums.  An evaluation of the financial impact of health promotion programs conducted by the American Journal of Health Promotion showed health care cost savings of $3.50 and reduced absenteeism for every dollar that companies spent on employee health assistance — an eye-popping 350% return on investment.  Here are a few ways you can help your employees stay healthy, starting today:

Take advantage of free healthy resources:  Most group insurance providers have health educational resources that are free for the taking.  It usually just takes a phone call or a few minutes filling out a web form and opting in to their distribution network, to receive useful material that you can pass on to your employees.

Help employees to stop smoking:  Current estimates peg the additional health care costs that businesses incur from employees who smoke at $1,420 per smoker.  Compound this with the fact that an employee who takes an average of four 10-minute smoke breaks per work day effectively works a month less per year than one who doesn’t, and you now have ample reason to offer your employees free or discounted access to a smoking cessation program.

Establish support groups:  Work-centered support groups such as weight loss groups not only help employees stay healthy, they are also great for morale.  Establishing a support group that meets before or after work provides a convenience to employees that can help them succeed where they might otherwise fail — and you don’t even need to hire an expert.

Lobby for group discounts:  Spending a few hours calling local health clubs to see if they’re willing to offer discounted group memberships to your employees is a cost-free way to encourage your employees toward fitness and a win for everyone involved.

Organize a health fair:  One of the keys to lowering health care costs is prevention.  Unfortunately, most people don’t stay on top of their yearly health screenings.  Offering a free on-site health fair where employees can screen themselves for general ailments such as high blood pressure is a good way to head off costly emergencies down the line.

Offer mental health counseling:  Mental health issues tend to be overlooked as a cause of increased company health care expenses, but allowing employees who are struggling with mental health issues to go untreated can create higher rates of absenteeism, lowered work output, and drops in productivity.

Providing employees with professional, confidential mental health counseling free of charge or at a discounted rate will help your employees to manage a host of potential problems that can negatively impact performance.

Be Creative:  People respond to incentives, so why not find a few positive incentives that will encourage your employees to live healthier lifestyles?  Here’s a few ideas:

Organize interested employees into teams and hold a weight loss competition, with prize going to the team that collectively loses the most weight.

Create a “Share Your Healthy Recipes Day” and encourage employees to bring in a batch of their best creation for others to try.

Provide a small year-end bonus to employees who meet certain health metrics.

Schedule a daily pre-work walk on company grounds followed by free coffee to all participants.

In a business world that is growing more competitive every day, a healthy workforce can be the difference.  Healthy employees are not only cheaper to insure, they’re also happier, more productive, and miss fewer workdays.  If you aren’t taking basic steps to help your employees be healthy, you’re missing an easy opportunity to improve your company’s bottom line.