The Health Risk Assessment – Targeting Your Specific Employee Wellness
- Confidentiality – encouraging employee participation
- Bring attention to potential health risks
- Provide the template for your company health processes
- A sense of mindfulness to the process assuring engagement
- Engagement Based Wellness
Gallup poll December 2015:
•Actively disengaged employees report more unhealthy days
•Engagement may be as important as age for health
•Active disengagement negatively affects productivity
Poor health precedes poor engagement
Research verifies the relationship between workplace engagement and health issues. There are substantial connections between employee perceptions of the work environment and various health problems such as coronary heart disease, inflammation and depression.
According to the CDC, currently the vast majority of people are at risk for disease.
“At risk” conditions are reducing workplace productivity and engagement.
Health Risk Assessments Available:
- Chronic Disease Management
- Smoking Cessation
- Cognitive Functioning
- Physical Activity
- Nutrition and Digestion
- Stress Management
2013 Rand study: “Do Workplace Wellness Programs Save Employers Money?”
Examined 10 years of data from a Fortune 100 employer’s wellness program. When compared against the lifestyle-management component, disease management delivered 86% of the hard healthcare cost savings, generating $136 in savings per member, per month and a 30% reduction in hospital admissions.
Key Findings of the study:
- Approximately half of U.S. employers offer wellness promotion initiatives, and larger employers are more likely to have more complex programs.
- Programs often include wellness screening activities to identify health risks and interventions to reduce risks and promote healthy lifestyles.
Key factors for success of a program…..
- Broad outreach and clear messaging from organizational leaders.
- Making wellness activities convenient and accessible for all employees.
- Making wellness an organizational priority among senior leaders.
- Leveraging existing resources and building relationships with health plans to expand offerings at little to no cost.
- Approaching wellness with a continuous quality improvement attitude, and solicit feedback from employees to improve programs.
Bring Mindfulness into the Health Risk Assessment
Mindfulness is the awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, sensations, actions and surroundings in the present moment.
Aetna took the lead with implementing mindfulness-based wellness programs. Since implementing mindfulness-based wellness programs, they estimate:
- a savings of about $2,000 in health care costs
- an increase of $3,000 per employee in productivity.
Mindfulness – simply put is “being there” for whatever the task at hand may be. But mindfulness is very difficult to attain with all of our multi tasking, distractions, our technology always beeping and vibrating and other perceived stressors. Achieving mindfulness is critical for stress management and concentration and focus.
When mastered, mindfulness creates a sense of control over conscious thoughts, behaviors and attitudes.
A 2016 study out of the UK “Mindfulness Training and Employee Well-Being” demonstrated:
- Improved satisfaction with life, mood
- improved concentration at work and better interpersonal relationships
- More practice at home led to greater benefits suggesting a dose-response relationship between the amount of practice and substantial benefits.
….Bringing Engagement Based Wellness into the Health Risk Assessment…..
At Best In Corporate Health – from our live, interactive webinars to our extensive wellness processes – our focus on the health risk assessment is engagement based wellness. Health risk assessments can be intimidating – which is why participation and adherence lacks in most wellness programs.
- designed to have continual participation and feedback
- focuses on the enjoyment and reward of health and healthy habits
- encourages camaraderie
- Internal—or intrinsic—motivation is the most effective motivator.