There is some truth to the saying that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. And more employers are taking a holistic approach to their employees’ health and well being. Not only is it good for the employees, it’s good for the company’s bottom line! To effectively integrate an approach toward health and wellness into the workplace, though, requires planning, education and a platform. Enter the new breed of Wellness portals. Wellness portals are a critical piece of a total wellness solution.
Wellness portals are online platforms designed with responsive design in mind so that they can be accessed from any device at any time. Wellness Portals offer a place for every member of your workforce to access secure, personal information having to do with their particular paths toward wellness. They will be able to track their progress in a wide variety of different program activities, set goals for themselves, and see these goals achieved which creates motivation to set new goals.
The Best Wellness Platforms Should Be Able To:
- Conduct a confidential Personal Health Assessment
2. Educate (videos, books, webinars, biometric results)
3. Track program participation and activity
4. Make engagement easy with a mobile app
5. Track and administer incentives and rewards
6. Demonstrate how to be healthy
7. Provide the tools needed to be healthy
8. Deliver behavior change campaigns and challenges
9. Encourage social support
10. Create a health promoting culture
If you choose, Biometric screening can be integrated with your wellness portal so that the results of any screenings your employees have done can be accessed through their own portal and they can keep track of screenings year over year to track progress.
Although a wellness portal is a fantastic, some employers believe that having an employee wellness portal is the same as having a wellness program. They mistakenly assume that all their company needs to improve employee health and reduce health care costs is get their employees to go online. A wellness portal is not a wellness program. It’s a computer software program that can be used to help deliver wellness programming and help manage the process. They have all of the features and benefits that come from the computer coding and programming and are tools to encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle!