It is never too early, nor too late, in the calendar year to give your employees vital insight into the state of their own health. While there are definitely a few times through the year when screenings may be of optimum value, there is never a bad time to put a spotlight on the health of your employees.
What is Biometric Screening?
Biometric Screening is a health examination, typically performed by a third-party health provider, which includes tests on cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, susceptibility to disease, BMI measurements, height and weight measurements and any other screenings your employer may choose.
Optimum Times for Screening Clinics
The time of year when the greatest focus is on getting healthy is the New Year. Losing weight is nearly always atop the New Year Resolution list and what better time to support your employees in their journey towards better health than at the beginning of the year, when you are guaranteed a captive audience in the workplace. Remember that some employees may be returning from holidays that first week in January so prime time is the second week of the month.
You can also use the seasons as your guide: A campaign entitled Spring into Wellness, for example, will take advantage of the “fresh-start” mentality as well as partner with improved moods as your employees appreciate the warmer weather and longer-lasting daylight hours. Utilize the Spring-cleaning metaphor as well, as a means to inspire employees to be on board with cleaning up their health habits. Another season when Wellness is in full-swing is the Fall. Fall is the season for flu shots, Wellness Fairs and a time for focusing on yourself, as your children return to school or as you return to work after a summer vacation. This is a great time to encourage your employees to focus on their well-being.
Company Wellness initiatives are directly linked to insurance premiums. Through maintaining optimum health, your employees will reduce their healthcare costs and need for company medical benefits. By offering your employees incentives to participate in Biometric Screening Clinics, you are not only helping your employees but helping your own bottom line as a business owner. Promoting the overall health of your employees is a worthwhile investment. You can read more about Wellness Program Incentives on our Blog here.
How Much Will it Cost?
Cost is always an important question when trying to choose an on-site Biometric Screening vendor. Typically, screening clinics can run anywhere from $50 – $80 per employee. However, it is important to ensure that you review a program in its entirety before you make a decision. Some companies are much more thorough and more customizable than others, offering specialized services such as bilingual health professional services, 24-hour access to the information, wide-scale appointment scheduling, etc.
It is also important to read the fine print. Some companies offer a low base price but then have many hidden fees for things such as shipping charges for their medical equipment, small site fees, privacy screens (something you should insist upon!) and mileage or parking reimbursement.
Midland Health has been supporting Corporate Wellness through on-site Biometric Screening since 2003. Midland Health offers completely customizable screening options, based on the individual needs of your company, in both the U.S. and in Canada. Midland has several unique features in their Biometric Screening program, including the option to book appointments on Saturdays at no additional charge and the option for bilingual health agents. Contact Midland Health today to book your company’s Biometric Screening Clinic.