Wellness Assessments: Considerations
Before implementing a Wellness Assessment program, you need to consider several things. Do not forget, that you can also seek assistance from a health promotion consultant for additional advice and recommendations.
Wellness Assessments: Cost
Before getting started with your Employee Wellness Program, you decided a budget, right? If not, be sure to do this prior to you go any further. Cost typically depends on the vendor, type, and reporting structure chosen for your group. The majority of health risk assessments will be fall within the $5-$15 per participant price range. Things to Consider
Some that provide wellness quotes will also include other services like health screenings, health coaching, and consulting which is a better option and value for your money. If possible find a corporate wellness company that offers all services combined which alleviates some frustration for you and the health promotion committee members.
Wellness Assessments: Time and Frequency
Find time that will work best for your employees to participate in the Health Risk Assessment process. You should select a time where there is plenty of opportunity for all to participate. How often you will implement the Wellness Assessment also affect your budget. It’s recommended that you re-assess your population every 1-2 years to assess change.
Wellness Assessments: What Features Are Included?
Examples include report options for group and participant data, options for sending reports to employees (even physicians), what tests will be included (biometric data and blood test data), options for customization, internet-based or hard-copy availability, trending reports, and confidentiality clauses. These are numerous other questions but these are the basics ones that you must ask when determining a Wellness Assessment vendor.
Wellness Assessments: Incentives for Participation
It will be a difficult task to maximize worker participation rates but the incorporation of health promotion incentives does help. Depending on your budget and overall strategic plan, think about what types of incentives you can provide employees for their time in helping you out. Incentives may include money (cash, bonuses, gift cards),vacation time, and medical insurance premium discounts. The days of making available a t-shirt and water bottle for their efforts are history and are not longer effective strategies for motivating change among employees.
Wellness Assessments: Type and Mode of Feedback
Wellness Assessment reports vary in the format in which feedback is provided. Options generally available include internet-based reports, mailed printed reports, and instant computer based health risk reports. Select a health risk reporting structure that’s best suited for your specific employee population. Just be sure that the information is 100 percent confidential and remove any chances of other seeing individual data.
We recommend that you select an Health Risk Assessment vendor that also provides educational support like health coaching, health promotion newsletters, health promotion presentations, and behavior change programs in conjunction with the Health Risk Assessment. This will ensure continuity of information provided to your Wellness Program.