MetLife has introduced a program designed to help companies engage employees in managing their health and potentially to reduce disability-related absences.

Called the MetLife Disability Health and Wellness Connection, the program is being offered at no additional cost to new and current group disability customers with 3,000 or more employees, says MetLife, a subsidiary of MetLife Inc., New York.

The program promotes employee use of the employer’s existing employee assistance programs, health and wellness programs and disease management programs, says the company.

The goal is to improve employee understanding through education as well as to help facilitate access to plan provider information for employees throughout the duration of the disability claim. That, in turn, can assist employers control costs and improve employee productivity, the company says.