Why Every Company Should Have An Online Counseling Plan

 

General Motors’ spending on health care for employees sets them back more than their bill for steel, adding a full $1,500 to their costs per car, a state of affairs that their CEO has called a “crisis”. There are several reasons for high healthcare costs – relatively generous agreements with labor unions, the high price of brand-name drugs and administrative budgets which swallow about a quarter of the total spending. However, barring major structural changes in the healthcare industry, companies large and small should be looking at ways to reduce this expense.

Preventative care should be part of any such strategy. While it might be difficult to get employees to stop smoking, exercise more and develop better habits in general, there is one route towards healthier employees that is both easy to implement and cost-effective, namely offering online mental health counseling to all employees.