Healthcare is a crucial aspect of business function. The ability to protect and take care of employee’s health is essential to the continued operation and success of a company. However, there are many ways to monitor and treat employee health, and knowing the best method can often be difficult. Prevention programs can assist in this area.
Understanding the different types of healthcare is a long process, but it essentially boils down to two categories, proactive and reactive healthcare.
The Difference Between Proactive And Reactive Healthcare
It’s important to analyze and understand the differences between these two methods of healthcare to understand which is better and how it can help you. Here are some of the key differences you should be aware of.
Reactive healthcare takes place after symptoms have begun to manifest. It is the more common type of healthcare. For example, you don’t go to the doctor to set a bone that hasn’t been broken yet, right? Reactive healthcare addresses issues after they have arisen,
Healthcare is largely reactive by nature. Many companies wait until an employee is showing symptoms of illness, and then take action. Unfortunately, this can be difficult to manage and can lead to the spread of disease in the workplace.
Proactive healthcare, on the other hand, addresses health issues by working to prevent them altogether. Proactive healthcare can be as simple as washing your hand before you eat to avoid getting sick from germs.
While proactive healthcare in the workplace may not be as common, it has proven to be an extremely effective way to prevent unnecessary disease among the workforce.
The Benefits Of Proactive Healthcare
There are numerous benefits to proactive healthcare and other prevention programs. They can help the company’s bottom line and save money in multiple ways and should be implemented as part of your company’s processes. Here are a few ways prevention programs can help you:
- OSHA estimated that for every $1 invested in safety programs, companies can save $4-$6 as illness declines
- Prevention programs lead to less illness which means fewer employees will miss work
- Employees in good health will cause fewer accidents at work
- Money saved on accident investigation
- Money saved on repairing damaged property
- Less worker stress after an accident which could result in lost productivity
- Money saved by not having to train and compensate replacement workers
- Avoid poor business reputation, which creates difficulty attracting skilled workers
While this list is by no means exhaustive, it does illustrate how proactive healthcare can limit accidents and company expenses. Consider implementing a prevention program today to help your business’s bottom line!
Implementing Prevention Programs
Implementing proactive healthcare is simple. There are several ways you can even apply this method today! Here are a few tips to get you started.
- Require employees to wash hands regularly
- Stretch before any physical activity
- Encourage regular breaks throughout the day for water and stretching
- Require routine health checks such as temperature checks, blood pressure, etc.
Beyond simple health and hygiene, your preventative measures will change depending on your company. For instance, proactive healthcare would look very different for a warehouse than it would for a craft store. However, every business has its own unique threats to employee health. Take time to analyze your business and identify areas that could potentially harm someone’s health. Work to eliminate these risks to minimize the impact. Proactive solutions are always going to be more effective than reactive healthcare.
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