A Minnesota manufacturer with more than 400 employees made the decision to become the employer of choice in its community and gain many related advantages, such as improved employee recruiting and retention, better morale and productivity, and reduced costs. With a focus on results, they improved employee health and reduced workplace injuries.
With an aging workforce, rising costs and limited internal and external resources, our client knew they needed to address their employees health, well-being and safety.
Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting’s health management and workers’ compensation risk management teams dove into the their employee population’s data and developed solutions to:
The first step was a wellness program that integrated biometrics, wellness visits and primary care. This led to a strategic, progressive plan with a focus on musculoskeletal conditions and comorbidities. We helped the client engage and manage onsite wellness resources (access to physical therapy, wellness coaching and behavior health counseling), nurse case management services, a near-site primary medical provider and communication between all stakeholders.
The workers’ compensation risk team recommended resolving the open and lingering claims and establishing a comprehensive risk prevention and control program. The key components of the program included:
Our client had successful outcomes by using an integrated approach to address health and safety concerns using:
Employee well-being: Since the implementation of the strategic plan, the members’ relative risk score (RRS) dropped from 1.80 in 2012 to 1.34 over the past three years to 1.28 despite the increasing age (over 50) of the employee population. And the news gets better with a projected drop to 1.22.
Workers’ compensation: Since collaborating and investing with all of the partners, along with the wellness initiatives (specifically the musculoskeletal and comorbidities solutions), the workers’ compensation experience rate has dropped 62 points, decreasing from the original rate of 1.36 to the current rate of .74. The client also saw the number of injuries decline from a three-year average of 47 claims to a three-year average of 37, with claim costs decreasing from the same three-year average of $836,883 annually to $160,003 annually.
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Kim Burmeister engages clients by identifying their needs and formulating solutions to reduce claims costs, streamline communication, and improve compliance. She has 30 years of experience in the insurance and risk management community. Prior to her current position, Kim owned her own firm where
Kim Burmeister engages clients by identifying their needs and formulating solutions to reduce claims costs, streamline communication, and improve compliance. She has 30 years of experience in the insurance and risk management community. Prior to her current position, Kim owned her own firm where she designed and implemented employer driven workers’ compensation cost containment programs for local and national companies. She is now part of the risk management team where she advises clients on a variety of loss control services. Kim holds a BA from St. Mary’s University.
Risk management and human resources are traditionally two different job functions, and the people in these areas have rarely crossed paths — but that is changing.
Why are these people starting to work together more frequently?
Foth Companies, headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., understands the link between the company’s success and the well-being of its employees. Implementing a wellness program called “Workin’ Well” featuring health risk assessments (HRAs) is one way the company is demonstrating its commitment to employees.
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