Employee health and wellbeing are critical for the workplace. While many may find it odd, it is the fact backed by evidence.
According to an American Psychological Association (APA) survey, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted employee health and wellbeing in many ways. This has affected –
- employee engagement
- workplace productivity
- absenteeism and presenteeism
- healthcare costs
- workplace culture
And so, employee health has become a top priority for most employers now.
As a part of workplace wellness programs, many employers are including biometric screenings and health assessments.
According to research, Biometric Screening Market is expected to grow extensively in 2022.
Typically, most biometric screenings evaluate overall health and wellbeing based on parameters like –
- Body Mass Index
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol levels
- Blood sugar levels
Biometric screenings and HRAs give insights about the overall health status of the individual, lifestyle habits, and potential risk factors. This can help in designing the best-fitting modules of the workplace wellness programs to cultivate healthy habits and reduce the possible health risks.
However, many employers make a few mistakes while implementing these employee wellness solutions. Here are some common mistakes made with biometric screenings.
Fault 1 – Irregular Health Screenings
Irregular or delayed health screenings can overlook many signals that can lead to progression into serious deteriorating health conditions, causing complications and high healthcare costs. Regular health screenings on a quarterly or annually can give employees a broad idea of the underlying health conditions. Furthermore, they can set their lifestyle, health and wellbeing goals accordingly.
Wellness360 offers a health risk assessment at the start of the employee wellness program and ensures annual health screenings. Incentivizing the screenings will have more employees participate and understand its benefits in the long run.
Fault 2 – Overwhelmed with On-site Screening Events
Many employers feel overwhelmed at organizing on-site screening events. Even if it is conducted with a third-party wellness vendor, they may be concerned about disrupting working schedules and productivity. And so, they usually postpone or delay the event, risking the possibility of undiagnosed health issues and other vital data. Missing out on these timely data can lead to critical illnesses, reflecting extended absenteeism and higher healthcare costs.
Employers must look into flexible screening solutions and plan well with their wellness vendors. Also, it is crucial to ask questions to the screening vendor to make sure they suit the workplace health and wellness requirements and be customized accordingly.
Fault 3 – Not Addressing the Outcomes
Simply put, health screenings and assessments are conducted to identify and understand the employee health status and potential risks. However, not addressing the issues with suitable actions will not make any difference, resulting in employee health complications. Although these screenings and assessments are not complete medical diagnoses in themselves, they give an insight into a lot of crucial data.
Employers must redirect the workforce to their healthcare providers to make the right decisions about their health and wellbeing. Including the right disease management programs, preventive care, and wellness challenges in the workplace wellness program will ensure their health and wellbeing are on the right track.
By offering adaptable screening solutions, wellness counseling, coaching, educational resources, and wellness challenges through workplace wellness programs, employees can understand their health issues and address them to ensure better wellbeing in the future. While this can help the workforce lead a healthy and holistic life without health concerns, employers will also be benefited from lower healthcare costs, reduced absenteeism, and higher productivity rates.