Today I came across this well-written article by Jaimy Lee here on LinkedIn about a shift in corporations’ perspective on health care.
The number one goal of any corporation is to make money. The number two goal is to spend as little money as possible in the process. In business, the greatest cost almost always goes to labor—paying for the people in the company to do what they do. These costs include much more than just the dollars that show up on employees’ paychecks. Companies shell out loads of money in non-payroll benefits for each employee, such as 401k contributions, insurance, workers compensation, taxes, and of course, medical insurance. Each of these costs are essential for companies to provide worthwhile compensation for its workers, and some are even federally mandated. But one of these costs actually has the potential to be lowered by the employees themselves, the health insurance, saving them and the company money.
The only true health care is Self-Care. Each month millions of dollars are paid out to the medical and insurance institutions in this country, and sadly these numbers are rising. Even sadder is the fact that despite this growing cost, the overall heath of the average American is worse than it was ten years ago, and this plague is growing each year. Cancer, cardiovascular and prescription drug deaths each rose in 2017, compared to the previous year according to America’s Health Rankings.
So what can we do about this?
The answer comes down to the individual. That’s YOU.
In my last article I outlined the importance of self-responsibility in your own health care. Today I aim to impart upon companies and corporations the value and cost savings possible in educating and urging employees to take responsibility for their own health. Lifestyle accounts for 75% of a person’s health and longevity. If a company’s employees neglect their own health and simply rely upon the drugs and waning guidance of the medical machine in this nation, we will just get more of the same: chronic, preventable illness, greater drug dependency, more days of missed work, and subsequently, higher premiums for “health” insurance.
In Jaimy’s article she discussed the changing face of health care in some very major corporations. These pioneers, like Johnson & Johnson, are taking the initiative and doing their part to inform, inspire and incentivize their employees to live healthier lives and make healthier choices, which in turn cultivates healthier employees who call out sick less, and also cost the companies less in medical insurance.
This proactive approach is not only good for the companies’ bottom lines, and the employees’ health, but these employees will naturally share their valuable health education with their families and friends, thus spreading the good health around the greater community. It’s good health going viral, and we’d actually have the nation’s corporations to thank for it.
This is what I want for America, and the world for that matter. This is why I do what I do, to spread the word that great health doesn’t come in a pill or a hospital, it comes from YOU! It’s always inside you, and always has been, but most people simply don’t know the little things they need to do to bring that vitality back to their bodies and their lives. Education will change that.
I commend these forward-thinking companies for their efforts in health and it’s my hope that more and more companies will not only follow suit, but improve upon this nation’s true health by offering authentic, holistic health education to it’s employees. And I too hope to play a major role in this movement towards genuine health. Let’s do this together.
If you’re a business owner, HR professional, or decision maker for your company, what are you doing to help your employees get and stay healthy?