The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how (and where) we work. While certain sectors may eventually require a full-scale return of all employees, the reality is that many teams will adopt a hybrid approach to work.
A hybrid work model is one that anticipates having employees working both remotely and in person. According to a report by Microsoft, two-thirds of business decision-makers are considering redesigning office spaces to better accommodate a hybrid workforce. For many businesses, it’s clear that the hybrid work model is not a temporary response to the pandemic, but an enduring shift in our approach to work.
Remote workers have their own unique lifestyles and care needs. HR teams will need to offer benefits that are flexible enough to make sure every employee, regardless of location, gets the care they need and deserve.
One top-of-mind challenge HR teams are facing is how to accommodate the changing healthcare needs of hybrid employees. Here are four things your team should consider when it comes to evaluating the care hybrid employees will need in this new landscape:
- Coverage. Depending on where remote employees live, employers may need to set up specific accommodations for employees in certain geographical locations or switch to an insurance carrier that provides national coverage.
- Telemedicine access. The American Medical Association has called for the expansion of telemedicine services that were widely adopted during the pandemic, and for good reason. Telemedicine strengthens the continuity of care, eliminates barriers to access for rural and underserved populations, and cuts down on the overall cost of care while improving patient satisfaction.
- Provider availability. Employees that have moved to areas with fewer healthcare providers will not have the same access to care that they’re accustomed to in more densely populated areas.
- Expanding the definition of care. According to Risk Outlook 2021, almost one in three business risk professionals believe that mental health issues are poised to become a primary productivity disruptor in 2021. Healthcare solutions that integrate mental health support into its primary care will become an invaluable resource for employees in the aftermath of the pandemic and beyond.
How can HR teams address all of these challenges?
With telemedicine that provides all-in-one, next-generation healthcare. Access to both virtual and in-person care will be critical for the health of hybrid employees.
Eden Health was built for the hybrid workforce with:
- 24/7/365 virtual care delivered seamlessly via our app
- Same-day appointments at our medical offices
- A dedicated Care Team that allows employees to reach the same providers each time they need care
- Ongoing management for acute and chronic needs
- Mental health support
- Healthcare navigation that helps employees deal with claims, bill advocacy, referrals, and more
- Physical therapy
- Expanded appointment times that help patients form trusted relationships with their providers
Whether your team is fully remote, in-person, or somewhere in between, Eden Health can help protect your workforce with trusted, ongoing care. Contact us today to request a demo.