COVID-19 has changed the way workforces operate. With social distancing measures in place, many companies have made commitments to remain partially or fully remote. In a related trend for virtual benefits experiences, telehealth usage has exploded in 2020 and will likely be here to stay for employees into the future.
Telehealth benefits don’t require you to go to a physical location to access. Instead, you can access them from various mobile friendly devices.
Providing your employees with benefits that they can conveniently, safely and affordably access is crucial in continuing to deliver impactful benefits engagement experiences.
First and foremost, providing your employees with telehealth benefits allows them to access professional health services without having to leave the safety of their homes. This means that your employees don’t have to travel anywhere to benefit from professional health services, risking exposing themselves to infection in the process.
In this sense, you’re reducing the amount of potentially dangerous public exposure that your employees must subject themselves to access necessary health services.
If an employee does have to quarantine for whatever reason (infection, exposure, recent travel, etc.), it’s important that he or she can still access necessary support. With telehealth benefits, employees can still access mental health services or get a checkup with a licensed doctor even while quarantining.
Beyond just quarantining, telehealth benefits also allow employees more freedom in terms of where they want to live. For example, with the boon in remote work, many employees are moving out of cities, into more rural areas, and closer to their families.
Telehealth benefits give these employees more freedom to move around as they please, as they can still access their benefits from wherever they end up.
Healthy and Motivated Workforce
The risk of sickness among employees is greater than ever. With this in mind, you want to give your employees all the support they need to stay healthy and productive.
Telehealth benefits allow employees to get checkups more regularly than they might with regular benefits (as they can get their checkups from home), and to get prescription medicine delivered to their front door. Both of these things can help prevent sickness from bogging down your workforce.
Beyond just physical sickness, telehealth benefits also make it easier for employees to maintain their mental health. With the pandemic causing as much turbulence as it has been, it’s important that your staff be able to access professional mental health support whenever they need it.
With your employees’ physical and mental health taken care of, you also lower the risk of reduced productivity resulting from these things.
Until workforces are able to return to in-office operations, it’s important that you give your work teams as much home accessible support as they need. With a comprehensive telehealth benefits package, you can rest assured knowing that you’re doing your part to keep your staff safe, illness-free, happy, and productive.
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