If you’re a business owner and are thinking about changing or modifying your company’s health care coverage consider doing a health assessment on your employees first. People who lead unhealthy lifestyles are more prone to chronic illness. Chronic illness is one of the highest drivers in health care costs.
What is a Health Assessment?
Even if a majority of your employees seem healthy, their is still a risk that they have an undetected illness. Having a company-wide health assessment will give you a better look at how your company is doing from a physical standpoint. Knowing what risks your employees are prone to will help you know how help them stay healthy, which will lower your insurance costs, and could even increase productivity
A health screening helps your employees take control of their health. And having a health screening on-site will give you the highest potential participation.
Health screenings offer a variety of different panels and tests to choose from. Tests include, but are not limited to:
- Cholesterol Screening
- Diabetes Screening
- Thyroid Panel
- Heavy Metals Screen
- Full Chemistry Profile
- Vitamin D Testing
Creating a Preventative Plan
Once you’ve performed your company health assessment you will be able to come up with a plan of action. One great tool is to create a personalized wellness program for each employee. Not only will a wellness program increase the health of you company, it will also increase productivity by increasing energy in your employees. Healthy lifestyles produce optimal energy levels.
Research shows that employees on a wellness plan significantly reduce their health risk factors within the first year of participation.
Encourage Your Employees
The best way to encourage your employees to adhere to the guidelines in a wellness plan is to encourage them to participate. You can never force someone to become more healthy, but adding in perks usually helps!
Some businesses pay their employees to work out. Paying employees for healthy decisions is just one of many different incentives your company can try. Other ideas include giving extra vacation days, extended lunch breaks, or even a designated time of day to work out during work hours. Whatever it takes to get your employees fit, will definitely pay off in the long run.
One of the greatest ways to get your company fit is to show them that you are getting fit yourself. It is a lot easier to tell people to do something than to actually do it yourself. Jump in the trenches with your employees! Show up in the workout room and work out with them. Change your own lunch menu or afternoon snack so that others around you notice that you are on the same road to health.
However you choose to show your employees that you care about their health and your own, remember what Ben Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Show your company how much you care by hosting a health screening.