Employer Solutions | one year ago

HEALTHWORKS Looks to 'Lead Differently'

A Look Ahead to the NCSHRM State Conference

By Jeff Thoms, assistant vice president, HEALTHWORKS Division, Carolinas HealthCare System

Today’s employers feel the pinch of rising healthcare costs more so than ever before. After a 6.8 percent increase in 2015, experts anticipate costs will rise by another 6.5 percent this year. While there are several factors driving this growth, there are steps employers can take to mitigate the impact. In fact, by making alterations to their healthcare plan, such as using higher deductibles, a company can reduce the 6.5 percent increase by almost a third.

Enhance Employee Wellness

Providing employers with wellness programs and other strategies that help reduce healthcare costs while ensuring their employees stay healthy is at the core of our mission at HEALTHWORKS. Much of our time is spent working directly with a company’s HR leadership to better understand the unique needs of their workforce, as well as the financial and logistical parameters facing the organization. Time and again we are struck by the dedication and passion we see from these departments. We find that, as a group, HR representatives are simultaneously dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of every employee in an organization while working to secure the success of the company from an infrastructural, financial and operational perspective. It is an incredibly difficult role that is vital to the success of any company.

Proud Sponsor

This is why we are thrilled to support the North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (NCSHRM). This organization is dedicated to providing HR professionals with the latest tools and materials available to maximize their impact on their own companies. One of the signature resources for NCSHRM members – the annual state conference – was held September 28-30 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville. Encouraging attendees to “Lead Differently,” this three-day event helped members rethink how they engage with colleagues and how they approach the infrastructure of their organization. Policies around employee healthcare and employee wellness programs were key topics of discussion. As the 2016 presenting sponsor of the Lead Differently Conference, we connected with organizational leaders to learn more about their current challenges and identify ways HEALTHWORKS can serve as a resource in future planning.

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For more information on programs and tools that can help lower the healthcare costs at your company, while helping keep your employees healthy and fit, please visit our website, or follow us on Twitter @HEALTHWORKS.