Why provide LifeHub for your customers?
Because LifeHub offers quality information and training on issues that impact their lives. Whether the issues are related to weight loss, finding care for a parent or child, smoking cessation, learning how to make a budget, or career advancement, LifeHub has training, resources and information that can help.
Employees could search the internet and try to find the information; but how do they for sure that they are not looking at an "ad" for a particular medication rather than the objective information?
LifeHub does not accept advertising dollars and uses only information from reputable sources that is reviewed by a panel of experts.
What does LifeHub cover?
LifeHub covers the full spectrum of work/life balance topics. The main Content Categories on LifeHub include:
Stress - Helps individuals recognize, understand and deal more effectively with stress.
Health, Exercise and Nutrition - Tools to improve health and fitness including a body mass calculator, Health Risk Appraisal, ideas for healthier eating habits, how to include exercise in everyday life and more. Healthy employees are more effective employees.
Sleep – Insomnia affects so many people and has such an impact on productivity and safety, LifeHub devotes an entire content area to helping employees get better sleep.
Happiness & Spirituality – Happiness is not just the absence of sadness, it includes joy in living. There are things that can be done to increase happiness and enjoyment in life.
Infants and Children - Meets a variety of parenting needs including a Child Care Search engine, Ask-the-Expert portlet, and featured articles and links. Studies show that employers who provide for employees personal and family needs have more loyal and productive employees and less turnover.
Relationships - Here you will find assessments, tips, training, ask-the-expert and more to help employees be a better friend, co-worker, spouse, or partner.
Career Management - Information and training to help employees better manage their careers and improve basic skills.
Leadership - Find the information and training to become a top notch leader.
Addictions, Depression and Anxiety - Learn more about how various emotional health issues can affect employees, their families and the workplace - including how to get help.
Personal Finance – Helps employees learn how to care for their personal financial situations.
ElderCare - Find information and resources to help employees provide the best care for elderly loved ones including a search engine to help find different levels of care, worksheets, recommended books, and more.
Within each Content Category you will find a variety of Content Types including:
- Articles & tips
- Blogs and constantly updated newsfeeds
- Training programs & assessments
- Videos and podcasts
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Recommended Sites
- Recommended Books
- Ask-the-Expert feature
How does LifeHub help with employee performance and productivity?
Dealing with stress at work and at home, moving up the career ladder, time management and dealing with the inevitable changes in life can all zap employees' energy and leave them feeling like they are running as fast as they can but getting nowhere. Studies show that personal illness accounts for 34% of unscheduled absences, 22% from family issues, 18% from personal needs and 13% from stress.
LifeHub has resources to help employees learn to manage stress and improve productivity.
- In the Stress area you will find a complete program on Stress Management in Coping with the Stress of Change in addition to a variety of assessments, resources and training, including the Pathway to Relaxation which can teach the basics of learning to relax.
- In the Career Management area you will find information on topics that can help employees make plans for advancing their careers and improve basic skills for better performance at their current job. For example, there is training on Time Management and on Delegation to help boost efficiency in addition to information on Project Planning, Telecommuting, and more.
- For those who have recently been promoted or would like to prepare to be a good team leader or supervisor, the Leadership area is an excellent place to start. In addition to articles, assessments, tips and access to expert coaching, you will find information on Six Sigma, Sports Psychology, and Team Building.
What are the benefits of health promotion programs in the workplace?
More people participate in wellness or health promotion activities at work (versus malls or other community venues) because working Americans spend more hours at work than any other activity except sleeping. According to the Wellness Councils of America, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healthier lifestyles for all Americans; there are tangible and intangible benefits that come from health promotion programs. The tangible benefits include:
- Improved productivity
- Reduced sick leave/absenteeism
- Reduced use of health benefits
- Reduced workers' compensation
- Reduced injuries
- Lower turnover (reduces the high costs of recruitment and training)
The intangible benefits, which in many ways contribute to the tangible benefits, include:
- Improved employee morale
- Increased employee loyalty
- Reduced organizational friction (which leads to increases in productivity)
- Improved employee decision-making
With health care costs rising, employers and employees are finding themselves motivated to make changes. A logical change is making an investment in employee health through worksite health promotion programs. The return on investment in both direct costs of health care and indirect costs of lowered absenteeism and turnover continues to be proven by companies who have instituted such programs. Coordination of health promotion activities is a logical next step in the evolution of Employee Assistance Programs.
How does LifeHub help with health cost containment?
One key to presenting LifeHub to organizations is to emphasize how LifeHub will help them with containing rising healthcare costs. Here are some points to consider in your presentation:
- The best way to manage costs is to improve the demand pattern with better care and not to choke off the supply when services are needed.
- Improving resilience to stress will reduce unnecessary and often expensive visits to doctors and emergency rooms.
- Greater knowledge can reduce costs; for example, awareness of the relative value of generic vs brand drugs.
- Appropriate referrals to behavioral health (e.g. panic and depression) will eliminate wasted tests and wasted services in medical care.
- Earliest possible treatment for Substance Abuse will save significant amounts of money from the medical complications of drug abuse.
- Emotional resilience has an inoculation-like effect on a number of illnesses, including the common cold. That is a major focus of LifeHub.
- Increasing the penetration of worksite wellness programs can significantly improve their impact on utilization of medical care.
- Early and effective therapy can produce a medical cost offset effect that has been demonstrated repeatedly.
- Patient education outside the face-to-face session can make for better use of the therapist time with the patient.
- Online tools can improve the efficiency of the initial diagnostic process and thus reduce the number of sessions required.
- Online surveys and assessments can help in the creation of an outcomes-management system and thus better use the benefits dollar.
- Online parent education can help those parents manage early identification of behavioral and emotional problems.
- Online education and guidance can help people with more effective management of acute and chronic illness in an elderly parent.
- LifeHub can take health promotion (e.g. smoking cessation) into the home for the whole family, and not just to those employees with the least risks.
What is Behavioral Disease Management?
For our purposes, behavioral disease management involves:
- Targeting particular disorders or diseases as well as the population that is at risk for developing the disorder, not just those with the formal diagnosis. That requires early identification programs of the types pioneered by EAPs.
- A prospective approach to the design of the care system and to the management of care within that system, so that the length and severity of illness episodes is reduced and the quality of life improved.
- Increased standardization of methods based on "best practices," as evidence of outcomes accumulates.
- A focus on comprehensive planning to alter the course of the disease or disorder, and guiding the process of care to promote implementation of the plan.
- A focus on being proactive in planning and providing care.
- A focus on the total cost of the episode of care rather than myopically on the costs associated with separated components (e.g., hospital care).
Dr. Margaret D. Bischel in Volume II of Disease State Management Strategies (1999) points out that disease management has these additional components:
- Sharing guidelines that prompt providers to take appropriate and timely actions.
- Improved self-screening and prevention services
- Health promotion and life style adjustments
- Patient education resources and strategies
The partnership between EAPs and LifeHub offers fertile ground for using a disease management approach. The architecture of the core services provided by EAPs sets an excellent context for delivery of more cost-effective care, and the clinical staff of the EAP can provide the kind of clinically-focused care management that is essential. LifeHub offers the vehicle for ongoing education of patients and their families that is almost impossible without the use of modern communication technology.