A survey by the Washington-based National Business Group on Health found that employees want to improve their health, but they need help from their employers in order to do it. They also said that the demands of personal life, work and stress levels are preventing them from achieving their health improvement goals. The survey showed that 47 percent of employees are not able to lead a healthier life because of work demands. Also, the survey discovered that employees want health care that takes care of their specific needs and interests. They want to get more value from their health plans and learn how to save money.
The good news is that more employees are becoming more active in their health-care choices during yearly enrollments. It was found that 73 percent reviewed their health plan options for their 2008 enrollment.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BSBSNC) is ahead of the game when it comes to employees becoming more active in their health. They have created a program called Workplace Wellness. Employers can go to their website, workplacewellness.com,Â to get ideas so they can begin their own wellness program that will help get their employees healthier. Using this program has proven to not only help get employees healthier, but to help employers and employees save money.