HealthMine reports large gaps in aid given to their consumer base

On September 12, 2016, HealthMine Wellness Program Survey released the results of a survey done among 750 insured consumers. Their findings supported concerns about how inclusive the programs actually are.

Some of the most used program offerings are Health Risk Assessments, fitness subsidies and challenges, and nutrition and healthy eating—each with more than 50% participation—but most plans do not include programs to stop smoking, despite a high number of users having smoked. Cancer screenings remain unavailable in a shocking three-fourths of all programs and while nearly half of all participants report having other chronic illnesses, only 15% actually say their programs help them manage those illnesses.

Nowhere near even half of all users attend their program once a week while a whopping 25% say that they go less than three times in a year; this might be attributed to the lack of incentive in over half of the programs and a lack of price comparison in another 29%.

On the better side, however, 62% of respondents claimed that their program helped them to save money, 38% took fewer sick days, and another 33% felt more productive at work.

As of September 12, 2016, results of survey done by HealthMine Wellness Program Survey among 750 insured consumers:

“The promise of wellness programs is to improve health outcomes and lower costs one member at a time,” Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine said in response to the survey results, “But to deliver on that promise, plan sponsors must use clinical data to close gaps in care.”

One service offered by the WorkSTEPS team are wellness programs created with individual health coaching in mind. Contact us at (512) 617-4100 today for more information.

The benefits of personality testing

A series of screening measures are normally used by employers as a means to evaluate applicants. Examples of such tests include criminal background checks, drug screenings, and the verification of employment history and educational background. According to CareerBuilder, an effective staff selection could help save you money and avoid a bad hire.

In recent years, 70% of companies have adopted pre-employment personality tests such as the Myers-Briggs personality indicator and StrengthsFinder. Here are five of the many reasons why pre-employment screening is essential in the hiring process.

Narrows down selection list – Screening helps in choosing the most suitable candidate, especially if several applicants have similar experiences and educational backgrounds.

Aids in the interview process – Tests aid HR in asking the candidate about their strengths and weaknesses.

Gives deeper understanding of candidates – Screening applicants provides recruiters with a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the candidate in question.

Eliminates bias – It helps create a more accurate indication of an individual’s personality and working style, eliminating any biases that first impressions may create.

Strengthens teams – Helps to attain a successful and productive team.

If you are not yet screening your candidates, we here at WorkSTEPS hope we have convinced you to begin. Contact us at (512) 617-4100 to get started improving your business through potential candidate testing.

What requirements do employers have to meet to ask for a fitness-for-duty exam?

Employers that require a fitness-for-duty exam can do so if they have concrete and factual reason to believe a physical or psychological condition would prevent an employee from doing necessary tasks or would be a danger to themselves or others. If such a condition falls under the classification of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), however, an employer has fewer options.

If an employee is coming back to work following a serious injury, the employer may test the employee’s readiness with a medical examination. For example, someone with a rather serious back injury may be required to undergo a fitness-for-duty exam before the employer can allow them back to work, just to be sure they are able to perform all tasks of the job safely.

A fitness-for-duty exam may only be administered to an employee with a disability if it is directly job-related and meets ADA standards. These standards may be met if the employer has reasonable belief that:

  • said condition will make essential tasks nearly impossible
  • said condition will affect the safety of the employee or others.

If you had a serious workplace injury that required you to take off work and you are now recovered and returning, your employer may require a test to ensure you are back to full health. Learn about any steps employers could take following your injury at work at WorkSTEPS by calling (512) 617-4100.