Did you know that having an onsite clinic is one of the factors that were considered in Fortune’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For? Indeed, onsite clinics have plenty of advantages for the employer and the workforce alike, as it improves productivity, lessens absenteeism, minimizes health care costs, and encourages employee retention.
Despite these benefits, many employees may be discouraged to maximize their onsite clinic because of misconceptions about who it’s for and what it offers. Here are six of those common false notions:
1. “It’s just for higher ranks or field employees.”
Some employees think that only supervisors, higher ranking officials, and maybe field workers are eligible to use the company benefit.
2. “Nobody uses it, anyway.”
It’s either those employees rarely see the clinic attending to anyone, or the clinic staff always seem to be out on an extended break or some errand. Other times, the stark setting may also be intimidating or unwelcoming.
3. “Medical information won’t stay confidential.”
There are also employees who feel that once they get a sickness checked up in the clinic, it would easily be the subject of office gossip.
4. “Skipping clinic activities or giving false information won’t matter.”
In some cases, the clinic may conduct health surveys or annual physical examinations to assess the employees. Giving inaccurate responses, withholding information, and not participating at all might seem inconsequential to some staff.
5. “It’s more expensive.”
Your employees may dismiss your onsite clinic because they think that they have to pay for every service they get. They may also believe that only the medications they already have are free and that flu shots and diagnostic tests would cost more than the ones offered outside the workplace because of convenience fees.
6. “It offers only basic services.”
Likewise, there could also be a misconception that only basic check-ups and medication dispensing are done in the workplace clinic.
What’s the best way to debunk these myths among your staff? Partner with a reliable occupational medicine provider, such as U.S. Health Works, which will tailor your onsite clinic to your requirements as an employer and to the needs of your employees. An established occupational medicine provider will conduct proper orientations, updates, and health summits. This way, your employees will become aware of the health care benefits, the comprehensive (and usually discounted) services, and the privacy and confidentiality rights they’re entitled to. They will also realize the importance of the workplace clinic’s services and studies in making the company more efficient in business and proactive about their health and wellness.
These 9 Companies Have On-Site Health Care for Workers, Fortune, March 15, 2016
Workplace Clinics Expanding Across US, abc News