How health screening tests can drive business success
It makes sense that a healthy workplace leads to a healthy business.
When employees are healthy, they’re happier and more engaged at work, leading to increased productivity and fewer sick days.
But sometimes deadlines, stress and financial pressures can hold people back from getting the help they need with their health, and preventable issues can be missed.
Investing in wellness at work means empowering your staff to manage and take control of their health, and one of the best ways to do this is through employee health checks.
A healthy workplace is a long-term investment
When your employees are healthy and happy, the benefits are huge — not only for your workforce but also for your business.
An effective workplace wellbeing program is a long-term investment but it can have some immediate impacts including improved concentration and energy levels, improved workplace behaviours and better team cohesion.
More organisations are embracing health and wellness programs as they recognise the link between caring for their employees and how happy and productive staff are at work.
Having healthy staff also means fewer workplace accidents, stronger mental health and less absenteeism or presenteeism – a term used to describe when workers are “on the job” but, because of illness or other medical conditions, are not fully functioning.
Getting a clear picture of the health and wellbeing of your workplace means you can start to implement changes that will benefit your teams as well as the business bottom line.Having healthy staff means fewer accidents, stronger mental health and less presenteeism #wellness #workplace Click To Tweet
Why offer employee health checks?
Many businesses and organisations offer workplace wellness programs, with activities ranging from workshops to onsite gyms and fitness programs.
However, until you have a baseline understanding of the key health risks in your workforce, you won’t know what health prevention or other initiatives are needed most.
For example, many common health conditions can be detected with a simple health check.
Everyone’s busy, and while we all know we need to look after our health, it’s sometimes hard to find the time to have regular health checks or squeeze in a visit to the pathology centre for a blood test.
That’s why many companies now provide regular health checks for employees at work.
Simple screening tests are an easy way for employees to monitor their health and learn about common health risks so that they can take the steps needed to improve their wellbeing.
It also helps you track the wellbeing of your workforce so you can design health programs and initiatives that help your employees take the steps necessary to improve their health.Until you have a baseline understanding of the key health risks in your workforce, you won’t know what initiatives are needed most #wellness #workplace Click To Tweet
How do employee health screenings work?
There are a number of ways to offer employee health checks, depending on your workplace needs.
Onsite health checks can be provided by a visiting nurse, or staff can participate in an online screening assessment.
Another way to implement health screening is through a simple fingerprick blood test — like those offered by the MyHealthTest WorkWell Program.
The WorkWell program currently offers a fingerprick blood test to monitor for the risk of diabetes, with tests for other common health conditions to be added in the near future.
As part of this program, employees collect a test kit from work and then do their fingerprick blood test (which involves placing a spot of blood on a special collection card) in their own time, and post it back to the MyHealthTest laboratory for analysis.
Everything is supplied in the sample collection kit, including instructions and a reply-paid envelope.
The WorkWell Program makes health screening tests simple and easy, and your employees will receive their confidential test results through our secure website.
Confidentiality is an important aspect of the WorkWell program. We recommend making test kits available to staff through common areas – such as a lunch room – so test kits can be accessed by staff independently and in confidence. Test results are strictly confidential to employees, and individual results are never shared with the employer.
Workplaces with more than 50 participating employees will receive de-identified collated results indicating the percentage of employees with a health risk, so managers have the opportunity to add healthy lifestyle programs to their workplace wellness programs if they wish.
MyHealthTest also provides a full promotional program to businesses, including posters, animations, videos and an email campaign, to raise awareness of the program and to increase participation.
The MyHealthTest WorkWell Program is an easy and efficient way to implement wellness at work and help your employees take control of their health.