Is Your Business Using Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) Effectively?

When a person resolves to get healthier, where do they begin? For the couch potato who is thinking of changing their life that’s a difficult question to answer.

As an employer, you should want your workforce to address their health problems. One of the most effective ways to do so is through health risk assessments, or HRAs. These valuable tools provide insight into a person’s level of health and their current lifestyle.

HRAs are only effective if they’re used the right way, though. Read on to see if your business is doing it right when it comes to health risk assessments.

Are You Using HRAs Correctly?

Failing to Provide Enough Time

The first component of a health risk assessment is an in depth questionnaire that is filled out by participants in your corporate wellness program. The questions in the health risk assessment are designed to provoke thoughtful, meaningful responses. Answers generate a rating, which is used to suggest lifestyle changes that might help the participant to get healthier.Health Questionnaire

One surefire way to misuse HRAs in your business is by failing to give your employees adequate time to access and fill out their HRAs. There are some questions that employees may not know the answers too off the top of their heads, particularly in regard to family history. They may need time to get the information they need. Make sure you budget enough time for workers to fill out the health risk assessments, or you risk people not participating simply due to a lack of time.

Failing to Get Employees on Board

HRAs can be extremely useful to your employees if they fill them out and follow the customized health tips. But if you aren’t explaining their benefits or providing an impetus for participation, then employees may not fill them out. Make it your goal to educate your workforce on what the health risk assessment is and how it’s useful. Perhaps even ask a few notable employees to share their experiences with filling out and using the HRA, and bring in doctors to speak on their importance.

Failing to Consider Benefits Other than ROI

After a health risk assessment and enrollment in the corporate wellness program, most organizations see a reduction in health care expenses. This is a definite benefit to HRAs, but it shouldn’t be the only goal or measurable of your workplace wellness program.

Keep in mind the intangibles — employee happiness and reduced stress, for example — and other quantitative measurables, like increase in productivity, that can result from using HRAs.

Failing to Use Results of HRAs in Your Wellness Program

Once your employees have completed their HRAs, it’s not just up to them to take their results and use them. As a business, you should be looking at the general trends in your workforce and adjusting your workplace wellness program to address major health risks and concerns.

This could include implementing certain lab tests or screenings to address an elevated risk of a certain disease, or hosting lunch and learns on specific medical conditions to help educate your employees. Once trouble spots are identified, it’s possible to design various workshops and activities to improve worker awareness. This can reduce illnesses and injuries. It may even mean that employees choose to exercise instead of sitting on the couch or select a salad in place of a slice of pizza.

Tailored HRAs & Comprehensive Workplace Wellness Assistance

Wellness-certified ARCpoint Labs located nationwide can provide assistance with all aspects of your workplace wellness programs, including health risk assessments (HRAs). Our 14-page personalized HRAs include information on individuals’ overall wellness, health age, risk factors like cancer, diabetes, or osteoporosis, nutrition and fitness recommendations, and more.

Get started today by finding your nearest ARCpoint Labs!

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