A workplace health risk assessment has the potential to help employees take ownership of their health, protect them from modifiable chronic diseases, and improve their overall wellbeing. Furthermore, health risk assessments have the power to reduce absenteeism, cut health insurance costs, and improve your employee wellness program ROI.
Five Hesitations Employers Express When It Comes to Health Risk Assessments
Comprehensive health risk assessments provide employees with feedback that encourages them to take action and achieve wellness goals. At Wellworks For You, our HRAs offer numerous benefits, which include:
- Addressing disease management
- Providing a personalized risk reduction plan
- Supplying gender- and age-matched risk comparisons
- Offering results based on evidence and disease risk remodeling
- Communicating nine different chronic disease risks (if applicable)
The attributes above add value to employee wellness programs. Despite the benefits of health risk assessments, however, employers can still express hesitation. Much of the trepidation is due to popular misnomers surrounding health risk assessment companies and how they work. Whether it’s the purveyor of HRAs or the health risk assessment itself that strikes uncertainty, there is plenty of evidence to assuage the fears of both. Take a look at five common misconceptions when it comes to health risk assessments designed for the workplace:
- HRAs Aren’t Necessary
Sometimes, companies seeking workplace wellness programs may zero their focus on fitness and nutrition components. While offering these elements is valuable, there is even more value in coupling fitness and nutrition with health risk assessment results. Knowing what health conditions you are at risk of developing will help you effectively pinpoint what types of exercises, foods, and other health goals you should implement.
- HRAs Aren’t Comprehensive
At Wellworks For You, we purposely devised a health risk assessment system to evaluate the risk for nine of the most common, modifiable chronic diseases. In addition to the Know Your Number evidenced-based assessment for chronic diseases, we offer additional assessments that flag for mental health issues and harmful lifestyle habits, among other conditions.
- HRAs Cost Too Much
When compared to the healthcare costs of employees who don’t know their health metrics, health risk assessments are well worth the ROI. Modifiable chronic diseases are costly to treat. One study compared the cost of workers with high blood pressure compared with those with normal blood pressure. Employees with high blood pressure racked up individual healthcare costs of $1,378 annualy—31.6% higher than a worker without.
- HRAs Infringe Privacy
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ensures that health risk assessments are implemented under specific conditions. This includes all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) guidelines and privacy regulations. Companies must meet certain qualifications to be eligible to conduct HRAs.
- HRAs Aren’t Effective
Health risk assessments are the most effective when people understand their potential. When employees understand the gravity of their results, this can increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lower healthcare costs in the workplace.
Think of HRAs as the needed foundation for a successful, comprehensive employee wellness program. A painter needs a canvas in order to display art. An HRA is a proverbial canvas for improved employee health. Once employees know their health metrics, they can take the next steps.
Examples of HRAs in Action
We just discussed some aspects of Wellworks For You health risk assessments. Now, let’s take a deeper look into three HRAs that produce quantifiable results.
All three options enable employees to be accountable for their physical and mental health. For employers, these health risk assessments provide in-depth data to help improve the overall health and wellness within your workplace, and beyond.
- Know Your Number® Health Risk Assessment
As an evidence-based educational tool, Know Your Number serves as a comprehensive health risk assessment template. Know Your Number evaluates each individual employee for some of the most costly chronic diseases—CHD, stroke, CHF, diabetes, and lung, breast, colon, and prostate cancer. Simple reports will clearly display an employee’s disease risk along with a peer comparison for accuracy.
The primary purpose of health risk assessments is to show employees whether they are at risk for any of the listed conditions. Most of these conditions can be prevented or treated with changes to lifestyle, behavior, and diet.
- TRALE Health Risk Assessment
To keep tabs on more general health risks, the TRALE Health Risk Assessment reports on employees nutrition, tobacco use, vehicle safety, physical activity, alcohol use, stress and depression, current health, women’s and men’s health, and biometric measures.
- MindQ Mental Health Risk Assessment
One aspect of health risk assessments that can miss the mark (but shouldn’t) is mental health. Wellworks For You MindQ Mental Health Risk Assessment evaluates stress, emotional health, and general mental states. This gives employees a chance to reflect on what self-care tasks they could implement in their routine. A mental boost makes a big difference in someone’s overall outlook.
Health risk assessments can be the edge your employee wellness program needs to affect healthy change in the workplace. If you’d like to learn more about how implementing HRAs can improve overall health and wellness or to set up a consultation call us any time at 800-425-4657.