Although working for a start-up company can have many perks – close interaction with supervisors, an abundance of fresh ideas and enthusiastic coworkers are just a few general examples – salary and benefits are known not to be among them. When working for a company that's just getting off the ground, many employees find they have to sacrifice a higher salary and business health insurance options. The tradeoff is sometimes taken in stride by fresh-faced employees (especially millennials), but it isn't a good long-term strategy for employee retention.
Health and the workplace
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), companies find that there are many benefits to making their employees' health a priority. Healthy workers tend to be more productive at work, as they feel a sense of security that non-healthy workers do not. They are able to focus on work while at the office, rather than having to worry about health concerns.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), workplace health programmes can also reduce presenteeism, "the measurable extent to which health symptoms, conditions and diseases adversely affect the workplace productivity of individuals who choose to remain at work," as defined by the CDC.
The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) stresses the importance of collaboration between employees, their employers and society to improve the health and wellness of workers. The CDC simply calls doing so a 'culture of health'. Whatever you call it, it is clear that leaders in the health industry believe that an emphasis on employees' health and wellness should be a central tenant of any business owner's long-term plan.
Why health benefits matter
WHO states that reduced health care costs can correlate with better employee health. Why? When their health care coverage is better, employees may be more inclined to visit the doctor and get preventative screenings. In the long term, giving your employees private health insurance options may be a beneficial component of workplace morale.
How to implement health-friendly work policies
Giving your employees the option to purchase private health insurance is seen as a benefit by many employees. You can also reinforce a culture of corporate health by promoting healthy lifestyles, providing personal development opportunities, and creating workplace organisation around health-related factors, according to the WHO.
"Workplace health promotion focuses on a number of factors that may not be sufficiently covered in the legislation and practice of occupational health programmes, such as the organizational environment, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and non-occupational factors in the general environment," the WHO states.