Myths About Health Assessments For Wellness In The Workplace!

Myths About Health Assessments For Wellness In The Workplace!

4 Myths About Health Assessments For Wellness In The Workplace!

Health assessments in the workplace exist in order to help employers know what coverage they need to provide, and how to go about encouraging workplace wellness. The type of health assessment completed will greatly influence the employee data that is collected, and consequently the workplace changes that occur due to interpretation of that data. Here are common misconceptions regarding health assessments, and how you should conduct yours:

  1. “Health assessments can stand alone as both tools and intervention for health”. This myth is false because the health assessment’s purpose is simply to spark a change in employees regarding their health and behavior. It is important to make sure the assessment is personal in order to increase the chance that the findings resonate with employees, and make them want to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle.
  2. “Questions should target symptoms of chronic conditions”. The interview questions should focus on factors that could potentially lead to chronic conditions in addition to conditions that employees are already experiencing. By directing attention to risk factors, the health assessment has the potential to stop chronic conditions before they occur.
  3. “The validity test for a health assessment is all about long-term risk”. The assessment should be tested not only for long-term risk, but also for cognitive validity, and influence of behavior impact.
  4. “People will experience an epiphany and change unhealthy habits”. It is unlikely that employees will react as if they have been “scared straight”. If they are presented with lifestyle modifications that are easy to make, there is a higher chance that they will improve their health. Additionally, supportive follow up with each employee is incredibly important.

For more counsel concerning health assessments in the workplace, or if you are interested in purchasing health insurance for your organization, please contact Employee Benefit Plans, Inc., located in Greenwood Village!