Here’s a health plan cost control measure you may not have thought about:
Give employees more control over their work schedule.
A systematic review of 10 studies by The Cochrane Collaboration assessed the health effects of various work arrangements — and found that employees who have more control over their schedules see improvements in both physical and mental health, which lead to fewer medical claims.
Overall, the research found that workers with flexible work schedules:
- have fewer incidences of high blood pressure
- sleep better
- have better mental health, and
- are more alert than those working more rigid schedules.
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