More exercise and better eating habits are top priorities for many employers and their employees.
But what about the health of their wallets?
CharterCare Health Partners, the Providence-based health system that operates Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, polled more than 3,000 of its employees. What it found out was that financial concerns and stress were the biggest issues standing in the way of employee health. The company responded by setting up “lunch-and-learn” seminars on psychological health and financial planning in order to complement its physical programs, which include yoga and Pilates.
“We just want our employees to be healthy,” said Stacy Roberts, benefits analyst for CharterCare. “We want to be able to provide them with the tools they need to become healthy overall.”
With time being an issue for most health care workers, one tool many of them are turning to is telephonic coaching. The service is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing staff to call in and chat live with a counselor about their health issues or finance concerns.
“Not everyone is at a desk or can access a phone in the middle of the day while they are at work,” said Roberts. “So this gives them the option of reaching out to somebody off hours.”
CharterCare isn’t finished looking for new ways to improve and expand its on-site services, all with the goal of boosting employee wellness, in all its varied forms.