Types of Wellness Programs

March 16, 2012 — 1,669 views  
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Healthcare benefits represent one of the largest operating costs any company can incur. The idea behind these services is that the financial weight {is it the financial weight, or the volume/"bulk discount" notion?} of an organization keeps premiums low for employees. However, employers need to strike a balance between the value they give to their workers and the prices they pay for benefits.

That's why wellness benefits are such excellent investments. They help to keep personnel healthy while reducing the need for staff members to use more expensive services such as hospital visits and consultations with specialists.

Most wellness benefits involve prevention and education. For instance, some companies might provide their employees with access to professional nutritionists. Meetings with these advisors can instruct employees on how to eat healthier, both to promote general wellness and combat any specialized health concerns.

Additional benefits can include counseling for smokers who are anxious to quit as well as memberships and lessons at gyms. Even weight loss coaches may be covered by wellness benefits if employees need particularly rigorous supervision to avoid visiting the doctor more than their healthcare package normally allows.