Milllennials and their Health Benefits

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Baby boomers may see health benefits in the workplace as a privilege, but their younger counter parts on the other hand see it as a right. A recent study shows a discrepancy in the way different generations think about these employee benefits.

Despite their entitled view on the matter, Gen Y workers would prefer to get a lump sum amount each year over the typical coverage methods. And true to their modern outlook, they also want greater flexibility in their health benefit plans. They want to be able to choose what is covered based on their needs. Baby boomers, having grown up in a different time, take a very different approach to these benefits. Because they see these services as a bonus and not a given, they are more likely to take it as is.

One thing they do agree on is the importance of health screenings. Statistics shows that most of them would participate in workplace health screening if their employers offer them. It is no surprise that they worry about monitoring their health for the major diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. But it is interesting to find that those numbers drop off when it comes to mental health screenings.

Employees also feel that insurance carriers should play a bigger role in keeping their workplace healthy. But since most carriers already provide a plethora of information and services, the issue may be in the awareness of these offerings.

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