While working as a career counselor for three years, I noticed that many people not only let their health get in the way of their current work, but many also let their health keep them from getting a new and better career that they deserve. Nowadays, health insurance companies are not only offering terrific benefits to their employees, even with the raising costs, but also providing counseling and health and wellness programs to make sure their employees are taken care of physically and emotionally.
For those plagued by the unseen mental and emotional problems that many have not understood the gravity of in the past, it is great to know that most insurance companies are providing more and more participating mental health professionals to insure you are of sound mind and body to perform at your best each day at work. Someone suffering from mental problems associated with depression, abuse, traumatic stress, or a psychological disorder can receive counseling to help them cope with the disappointments, stress, and roller coaster of emotions that an employee can feel from day to day while trying to juggle work, family, and social responsibilities. Many companies have reaped the benefits of providing these services to their employees and some even offer free crisis lines where employees can call anonymously to speak with a professional about the current mental or emotional stresses that are keeping them from feeling happy and performing their job to the best of their ability.
Health and Wellness
Programs such as the health and wellness programs are new programs implemented by top insurance companies to ensure you are educated on your current health conditions and advised on how to improve your health by giving you one on one counseling with a Wellness counselor to keep you on track to lower your cholesterol and your blood pressure, as well as giving you tips on problems that are common to office workers such as: migraines, eye strains, carpal tunnel and arthritis. The health and wellness program is usually free to employees with full health insurance benefits and many companies even offer incentives to employees who keep regular contact with their counselors. Also if the employees are at high risk for conditions associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity many employers and health insurance providers will offer the employees lower monthly rates for participating in this program to improve their health.
Although this may not be a free benefit with full coverage health insurance, many health insurance companies offer incredibly subsidized rates for employees who wish to work with a participating nutritionist or dietician. This benefit can open incredible doors for employees to realize the ease of participating in diets to shave off the pounds and improve the condition of their heart and other vital organs. Many who felt that they couldn’t get a green bean down if forced, soon begin to see and feel the benefits of a well-balanced diet and receive help and coaching all along the way. Not only will you receive nutrition and dieting advice, but your nutritionist will also help you work out a fitness regime to move along your weight loss and fitness, and help you see results faster than ever! The monthly or quarter visits you have with your nutritionist will include regular weigh-ins which is a terrific way of remaining accountable for your efforts, as well as reaping the benefits of living a healthy and well-balanced life.
If you’re unsure if your current employer offers these benefits at little or no cost to you, speak with your Human Resources to department to see if there is a possibility of participating in the counseling, health and wellness, or nutrition programs through your insurance provider. The little time it takes to see what your insurance company offers can put you on track to improving your mind and body to better perform at work.
About the Author:
Lucy Markham worked as an academic and career counselor for three years while earning her B.A. in English from the University of Florida. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Education from the University of Utah