Over 20% of India currently has some form of chronic disease, whether they know it or not. And as much as we’d hope our employees aren’t part of this sobering number, the scenario is bleak. The issue hounds corporate India and could be hitting you with business losses too! Yet, despite the best intentions, most organizations struggle to create a wellness program that really means something to their employees.
If your existing health initiatives are landing rather randomly, it’s time to get back to the basics. And it all starts with a simple but vital step: health checks.
Health Checks Can Be A Game Changer For Your Workforce And You!
Sensitize your employees: Chronic illness stats may be daunting but many Indians aren’t even aware they should be concerned. A well-timed health check report can help trigger increased awareness, correctional measures, and personalized health goals. So why not be the one to drive this for your people? Research shows that workplaces are often the best means to reach people who might not otherwise respond to health initiatives or screening opportunities.
Give people what they need: A good population health report from health checkups furnishes the data you need to build targeted initiatives. For instance, if diabetes is a red flag on the charts, you could revisit everything from the lunch menu to work–life balance initiatives.
A sensitized group will also be more receptive to relevant health initiatives. People with a risk for heart disease are less likely to dismiss a stress management workshop, a critical preventive measure, as just another lecture!
Plan your spends: Many employers rely solely on claims data to understand illnesses among the workforce and plan budgets. But this fails to account for conditions that go undetected or don’t need hospitalization. Health insurance is an expensive employee benefit with an average cost of $6690 for every employee. By offering a health checkup right at the start and at milestones there on, you’ll bridge the gap between healthcare spends and productivity saves thanks to a healthy team. You also avoid unnecessary (and expensive) speculation about your employee health status.
Make Those Health Checks Count
Diagnostic checks are a solid starting point for any wellness plan but they won’t amount to much until solid data collation and analysis follow. Big data and population analytics allow employers to predict risk of illness, anticipate likely claims, and plan ways to lower health risks. By extension, this should also lower the chances of bigger insurance bills and cut down lost man hours. A three-pronged approach will get you there:
Rope In The Right Partner
Many employers shy away from health check initiatives because of the sheer amount of work involved. Granted, running such diagnostic tests, crunching data, and planning future interventions take some specialized knowledge and can be time-intensive. Safety and integrity of employee data is another tricky area. But you can easily sidestep these problems by roping in the right partner.
A good healthcare service partner will be able to do more than the average diagnostic test center. They will help you decode the mountain of medical reports no one looks at and create a road map for each employee and your business as a whole. Stick to a trusted service provider to ensure they meet your stringent privacy and data security norms. If they are ISO certified that can be a good indicator of airtight systems.
Health checks can be the most obvious addition to a wellness program, but it’s just as easy to get them wrong. Make your efforts count by anchoring them in the right framework and measures. Your employees will thank you for it!
Krishna Ulagaratchagan is the co-founder and CEO of healthi, India’s fastest growing preventive healthcare company.