Archive for the ‘Employee Wellness Programs’ Category

What is a Return to Work Program?

December 5th, 2012

Workplace accidents can strike at any time, and bad accidents can often result in an employee injury and workers compensation claim.  Did you know that as each month goes by, your injured employee’s chances of returning to work significantly decreases?

How do we prevent losing a reliable and hardworking employee following a workplace injury? The answer is with a return to work program. Return to work programs are proactive plans initiated by an employer that are geared to help both the injured employee, and the workplace return to the previous economic, vocational and even social statuses that were present prior to the injury occurring. Without a particular employee’s knowledge and insight, your workplace could be suffering as well without them.

Professional Employer Organizations (also known as PEOs or Employee Leasing) assist employers in establishing proactive return to work programs that outline the following:

  • Maintaining workplace ties and communicating on a regular basis/preventing alienation.
  • Developing step by step transitional plans to eventually return to fulltime employment (beginning with part time employment/involvement).
  • Identifying what type of employee involvement would be most beneficial to have in the workplace.
  • A signed-off physicians report at each step, approving the employee’s new duties.
  • Establishing tasks that accommodate the employee’s limitations, not necessarily set hours and large projects.
  • Ways of establishing workplace support and encouragement.

Through the co-employment (PEO) relationship, PEOs also offer support in other critical areas surrounding workplace safety: workers compensation claims, workplace safety programs, OSHA compliance, loss prevention recommendations and safety reviews/auditing, just to name a few.

To learn more about the co-employment relationship and proactive plans for workplace safety, contact PEO Advantage. We provide risk-free HR solutions that really work!  Call 877-636-9525 or fill out an application today.

Employee Wellness Programs, Another PEO Advantage!

January 17th, 2012

Do you want happier, more productive employees? Reduced health insurance costs? Improved company morale?  If the answer is yes, you can ask your company’s professional employer organization (PEO) about implementing an Employee Wellness Program.  If your organization does not currently work with a PEO, consider the following advantages. While implementing an Employee Wellness Program can be done on your own, PEOs save valuable time, money, and administration.

Employee Wellness Programs used to be considered “nice to have,” but they are now seen as strategic programs that yield cost savings, increased productivity and employee retention.  With exponential increases in health insurance, stress and severe declines in the overall health of Americans, companies have recognized that it is more effective to prevent rather than treat illness.  This has resulted in the implementation of Wellness Programs in nearly four in ten companies according to MetLife’s 8th Annual Employee Benefits Trends Study. Wellness Programs encompass physical, mental and social health initiatives that provide employees with the resources to prevent long-term issues by implementing lifestyle changes. 

According to a recent study conducted by Trust for America’s Health, investing just $10 per person annually in preventative wellness programs including exercise, nutrition and smoking cessation could yield $16 billion per year in savings in another five years.  Not only do Wellness Programs yield extensive cost savings, employees become more effective, happier and engaged which results in increased productivity in business operations.

While the benefits are undeniable, implementing a Wellness Program that delivers these results can be overwhelming and time consuming.  Fortunately, PEOs have recognized this and many are offering various types of Wellness Programs that allow you to leverage all of the benefits for your employees without any of the stress!   PEO Advantage is available to help you define your needs and find a PEO that can support you. If you’re currently working with a PEO that does not offer Employee Wellness Programs, contact us for help in finding an alternative solution!