Prevention is better than cure: how health assessments can help employers to support older employees
Injuries and illness happen; it’s simply a fact of life. Knowing your physical health inside and out can be a daunting thought for many – but it’s better to know about any issues than remain in the dark.
Older generations of employees are often more at risk and prone to health issues than younger cohorts, and this may leave employers feeling at a loss as to how to best support the health of their more mature workers. However, the solution could well be staring them in the face.
By providing discounted and accessible health assessments as a voluntary benefit, employers are enabling older employees to regain control of their health:
Determine risk factors
Health assessments can help to determine if an individual is at higher risk of a health problem. An example would be a diabetes type 2 risk assessment. Adults aged over 40 are recommended to have an assessment every three years to monitor the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Recognise early warning signs
By recognising and understanding symptoms, employees can reduce the risk of developing a health condition and its associated complications. Early detection of health issues also means a potentially more effective treatment.
Introduce lifestyle changes
Most health assessments will be accompanied by lifestyle advice from the healthcare practitioner. In this way, it’s easier for employees to develop long-lasting healthy habits that can help to prevent health issues, and these can be monitored and assessed on a regular basis.
A key aspect when choosing a benefits supplier should be the coverage and choice which is offered. Also, by providing health assessments as a voluntary benefit, you’re empowering employees to choose the most suitable and convenient way for them to have their health assessed.
Encouraging older employees to have a health assessment will support and motivate them to achieve a better level of health and fitness. As a result of the peace of mind that comes from understanding their state of health, employees will have improved mental wellbeing, boosting their productivity at work.
As an employer, you can take comfort from knowing you’re striving to support the health and wellbeing of your workforce, including more mature employees.
This article is provided by Incorpore.
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