How HealthBook+ Can Help Reduce Unplanned Employee Leave
by Chris Turner
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), productivity losses from employees missing work cost employers $225.8 billion, or $1,685 per employee, each year.
These productivity losses can add up in numerous ways.
For starters, when an employee is out unexpectedly, other employees must often cover their work. If this means taking on additional work, the covering employees might need help to complete their existing work, which can result in missed deadlines, rushed work, mistakes, and an overall loss of quality. This could lead to employee stress, low morale, and reduced productivity. Not only could the employees picking up the slack be at risk for increased anxiety or burnout, but employers are also likely to incur increased costs through paid overtime or hiring contractors.
Furthermore, if an employee’s work can’t be covered, projects might be delayed, paused, or canceled, that could lead to unhappy clients and/or lost business. And, if an employee is unable to return at all, finding their replacement will likely result in unplanned recruiting, hiring, and onboarding costs.
Poor health and chronic illness are two leading causes of unplanned employee absenteeism. Having a strategy in place to help keep employees healthy is not only the right thing to do, but also crucial for the organization’s health.
While no business can avoid unplanned employee absences altogether, improving employees’ access to health care, with a focus on preventive care and ongoing health monitoring through the HealthBook+ platform, can significantly reduce unplanned employee leave and the ripple effect it causes.
Better Health Means a Better Bottom Line
Healthy employees are productive employees. By investing in employees’ health and encouraging employees to also invest in their health will reduce employee absences and boost company productivity.
About half of adults in the United States struggle to pay their medical bills, roughly three-quarters of which are due to preventable conditions. According to the Partnership for Prevention. If an employee reduces just one preventable health risk like high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity, they can reduce their absenteeism by 2% while increasing their productivity by 9%.
When a workforce is committed to reducing their health risks, not only will employees feel better, perform better, and avoid costly medical bills and missed earnings, but the company’s bottom line will also be healthier.
HealthBook+ can help organizations help their employees own their health information.
Designed by doctors, HealthBook+ is a digital-first care and guidance platform that aggregates employees’ patient health data from many sources — including electronic health records, wearable health trackers, and self-reporting via simple health checks — and provides personalized, predictive insights to help guide employees to their next best health actions, which can reduce healthcare costs and improve their health.
How It Works
The HealthBook+ platform leverages AI-driven triage tools, curate’s provider suggestions, and maintains relationships with telehealth partners to provide employees with increased access to quick and affordable care. Whether employees are dealing with chronic or acute conditions or need guidance on preventive measures, the HealthBook+ platform can help.
For employees dealing with chronic or acute conditions, the HealthBook+ platform gives their healthcare providers continuous and comprehensive access to employee’s health data, whether employees are at home, at work, in their doctor’s office, on vacation, or experiencing an emergency. This up-to-the-minute access to data allows providers to identify opportunities to react to employees’ needs immediately, whether they require routine screenings or time-sensitive care.
For employees seeking preventive care, HealthBook+ features a digital-first early identification and care platform that identifies any potential conditions early on and connects the employee to healthcare screening and services through secure chats, peer coaching, and education.
The platform’s AI models are continuously reviewed by our Medical Advisory Board, powered by employees’ comprehensive health information, and sourced from their provider hosted EHR systems, personal health trackers, and self-reporting.
The Biggest Benefit
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths and account for 86 percent of healthcare costs.
The key benefit of our platform for both employees and organizations is its ability to help employees seize control of their health now before minor conditions become more complicated, chronic issues.
For example, employees who undergo regular blood pressure screenings can better identify their risk for developing hypertension, which can lead to heart disease and stroke. Early identification can help individuals pursue lifestyle changes or other treatments to reduce the risk of future chronic conditions.
Similarly, while regular cancer screenings can’t prevent cancer, the HealthBook+ platform can produce insights to alert care providers to recommend earlier cancer screenings, which can detect cancer when it’s most treatable.
Not only can the HealthBook+ platform play a significant role in reducing employee leave, which can boost a company’s productivity, and improve employee’s overall quality of life, it may help save a life.
While no business can completely avoid unplanned employee leave, companies can better plan for it. The best way to prepare is to have a plan to reduce it. HealthBook+ can help.
HealthBook+ can empower your employees and your business. Click here to learn more.