On-site biometric screenings are a great way to help your employees begin to live a healthier lifestyle. Since chronic health problems don’t always present symptoms, this is one of the reasons why many employees don’t know if they have health risk or not. Thankfully, a biometric screening can provide your employees a window into their health and gives them the resources they need to start focusing on their health.
Knowing your numbers is a big key to understanding potential health problems among your workforce. Kadalyst can provide aggregate reporting that allows you to see where your corporate health risks lie. These insights can clearly show you what targeted wellness initiatives should be implemented to combat health problems as they relate to your specific employee population.
While many people don’t take their health seriously, we know others do take their health seriously. We also know many of the employees that don’t just need educated, they need an opportunity to learn and do their own self-assessment. Biometric screenings can uncover previously unknown health risks, and they take steps to provide individual guidance and education to each person based on their results.
Biometric Screenings: Why Are More Companies Offering It?
We feel one of the core reasons why employers are offering their workforce biometric screenings is the benefits it brings to everyone involved.
Just in case you don’t know, biometric screenings are short health exams that can include bloodwork and measurements that include height, weight and waist circumference. Over the last few years, we’ve seen these screenings grow in popularity with more organizations offering them.
Why are biometric screenings a growing trend? While we feel there’s a few different reasons, one of the main elements is healthcare costs. As healthcare costs continue to grow, many companies have invested in employee wellness programs that offer biometric screenings, with the goal of helping employees and their families be healthier.
What’s The Purpose Of A Biometric Screening?
A biometric screening can give you a health baseline that can be used to evaluate your risk for a variety of health issues, many that can be prevented through early detection and lifestyle changes.
Companies can use biometric screenings to help their workforce stay healthy. If their findings show they may be at risk for certain diseases, such as diabetes, we can work on putting programs and processes in place to help employees begin to improve their health. Organizations can do this in many ways, such as by nutrition counseling, fitness coaching or other services. Thanks to regular screenings and health education, we can help employees prevent many diseases by proactively addressing the root causes.
Companies can use the information from their biometric screenings to keep up-to-date on the health of their employees. While companies never receive individual results, they do receive a snapshot of the overall, aggregate health results based on the biometric screenings. This information gives them important insight that can help them improve health benefits to better meet the needs of their staff.
Will Companies Have Access To Screening results?
Employees don’t want their health information out on the front lines where the company can see them. Many employees fear this but don’t, they won’t have access to your biometric screening results.
The company can receive aggregate results that indicate the health of the entire workforce as a group. However, they’ll never receive the results of individuals, this would violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Employees are protected.
Any Benefits Offering Biometric Screenings?
Absolutely! In fact, the benefits are life changing. Knowledge is king, that holds true for both employees and companies. Let us give you some real world examples.
Ryan is looking at his biometric screening results and finds out that he has high blood pressure. Now that he knows, he can begin taking measures to lower his blood pressure. High blood pressure can kill you, taking care of it now gives him time to control it.
Sarah is also checking out her biometric screening results and finds out she has diabetes. It all makes sense to Sarah as she’s been feeling a little off the last few months. Thanks to her screening, Sarah can now plan out what direction she wants to go to address her diabetes.
The insights from biometric screenings can also help employers and other companies decide which health programs to offer. For example, if many people at a company show prediabetes symptoms, that company might decide to offer nutrition classes at the jobsite or near where many of its employees and their families live.
What Is Included In A Biometric Screenings?
There’s a wide range of things that can be measured in your screening;
- Body Composition – Height, weight, body mass index, body fat percentage
- Waist Circumference
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Samples – To test total cholesterol (TC), HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, a TC/HDL ratio, and Triglycerides
After your screening, employees should be able to get a personal copy of their results. Some companies have an online portal where their results can safely be reviewed.
What If I Don’t Want To Participate?
If you don’t want to take screenings, that’s your choice, you should never be required to participate if you don’t want to.
Many companies offer incentives to encourage participation and get employees involved. For example, employers might offer a discount on health insurance premiums, money toward a health savings account, or a healthy reward like a voucher to a local farmers’ market.
Organizations should not try to require participation in biometric screenings, as that can lead to resentment and may violate some federal regulations. Instead, we recommend that leaders work to set strong examples, with the goal of creating a strong culture of health and wellbeing.
How Companies Can Better Engage Employees On Their Health
Biometric screenings are a great start. However, we believe companies will receive the greatest return on their investment if they pair biometric screenings with programs and support that help people make healthy changes.
The majority of the companies we help struggle with employee engagement. If you’re a business owner or over a human resource department, perhaps that’s the reason you’re here now reading this. It’s tough, but when you have a proven process as we do, it’s very possible.
If you’re having problems getting your employees engaged, reach out to one of our employee wellness coordinators. On-site biometric screenings are a great way to start helping your employees get healthy, but only if they’re participating.
Here’s something else you should know. Over 50% of employees do not get their annual health screening, which makes your workplace an ideal location for them to quickly and confidentially have their physical health assessed to better understand their current health status.
If you’re ready to plan an on-site biometric screening event or want to learn more about biometric screening, you can use this contact form to reach us or call us during business hours at 503-512-5175.