Corporations are increasingly leading the way in employee welfare through structured programs aimed at maintaining both mental and physical health. Eighty-one percent of companies with more than 200 employees in the United States offered an occupational health plan in 2020, up from 70% in 2008, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation Employers’ Health Benefits Survey.
In the UAE, the federal government has stated that improving welfare is a key long-term policy priority. The government recently adopted the 2031 National Welfare Strategy, which aims to make the UAE a world leader in overall quality of life. The strategy includes 14 components նպատակ Strategic goals to promote people’s well-being by promoting a healthy և active lifestyle, good mental health և positive thinking.
Corporate health programs aim to encourage individuals to lead a more active, healthy lifestyle that helps prevent disease. Typically recommended activities include gym membership, access to online programs, smoking cessation courses, and group exercise classes. Many companies are also reviewing traditional և snack options with healthier food և drink options.
Change the calculations
The traditional way to measure the benefits of such programs would be to look at them in terms of simple return on investment (RoI): how much was spent on the projects, how much lower the company’s healthcare costs were. RoI directly from health programs is controversial, but that does not stop companies from taking and developing them in the future.
To measure the effectiveness of these programs, companies are becoming more and more diverse, focusing, as well as on “investment in value” (VOI) means, such as absence, presence, maintenance, and comprehensive work of the company.
Even the smallest change helps
This encourages companies to develop programs that focus on additional well-being measures, particularly mental health. Once a taboo subject, mental health is now an open topic of discussion, especially after COVID-19. Dr. Tedros Gabriesuse, the head of the World Health Organization, called for mental health needs to be “treated as a key element in our response to the COVID-19 epidemic.”
Attitudes toward mental health in the GCC are clearly changing. Stereotypes are overcome, և patients gradually become less reluctant to seek treatment. There are many ways to support the mental well-being of honest employers, from counseling to therapy services.
In the light of COVID-19, a hybrid, or especially topical, substance is perceived to help improve mental health as it allows individuals to reduce travel time, achieve a better work-life balance. Other approaches to promoting mental well-being include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) ներ Focus.
According to a recent Aetna International survey of workers’ health around the world, 72% of UAE respondents said that their employer’s mental health care is now more important than ever. Forty-five percent said knowing that mental health support was available, if needed, would help them be more productive at work.
Slight increase in cost
Employers take these calls seriously, taking them into account in their revised insurance budgets. From our recent relationship with insurers and clients, we have seen that organizations are willing to spend an average of 2.5% more on their premiums to ensure that their policies cover mental well-being.
In order to ensure a high level of involvement in any welfare program, particularly mental health programs, companies need to show that they are serious about what they are doing. Plans require prominent և visible leaders, perhaps a health և fitness figure from outside the organization, և senior management should be an active participant in any program.
There are various ways for organizations to evaluate the ultimate success of employee health programs. Looking at them from a purely financial point of view, unfortunately, misses the point. Having an employee health plan marks the company as a progressive, prospective, employee-focused company for the very company many of us would like to work for.