The answer to this question may not be as obvious as one would think. During a time when we enjoy good health, earn a salary roughly commensurate with our duties, interact with like-minded colleagues and have a boss who is reasonable, or when we have a profitable business, the general consensus would be, yes, work is good for us. However, when any of the above mentioned conditions are threatened, we may start doubting the general consensus.
In this article, I focus on one of those conditions that affects the insurance industry: enjoying good health. One study concluded there is strong evidence that work is generally good for physical and mental health and well-being. However, in the insurance industry we experience on a daily basis that policyholders become claimants because of their firm belief that it is no longer safe for them to work, or that they do not enjoy sufficient health to continue working. There seem to be two main areas of concern: the perception that one has to be 100% disease- and symptom free to be considered fit for work, and the lack of engagement and understanding from clinical medical practitioners who are in a position to address this misperception.Read More +