Employer Health: Employee Engagement

Driving Value through Employee Participation

Employee Participation

WiseThink provides guidance to employers seeking to grow and sustain participation in their employee health programs while promoting healthy employee lifestyles.

Changing employee behaviors is never easy, and changing personal behaviors towards one’s own health should only be completed with the proper balance of employer trust, personalization, self-empowerment and family inclusion.

Our consulting services guide employers to implement the right health programs with the clear goal of encouraging healthy employee behaviors centered on these five key principles:

Gamification

Gamification

One of the newer methods in Employee Engagement is Gamification. But first, what is Gamification? In its simplest terms, gamification takes the characteristics we like about games and adds them to everyday actions in order to make them more interesting. Think about receiving points for drinking 8 ounces of water, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Gamification is based upon our desire for competition and reward. Gamification encourages and rewards certain behaviors and, by encouraging and rewarding certain behaviors, gamification can begin to change how a person think’s about a particular behavior thereby beginning the journey to change a person’s habits. For example, rewarding drinking 8 ounces of water, with a healthy competition with employee peers, management, family members or friends can lead to a person drinking more water and at least lessening the use coffee, soda and other water substitutes since a person’s stomach can only hold so much.

There are a growing number of ways to introduce Gamification into your Employee Health and Wellness programs. Software vendors are beginning to enter this space with software games and tools to build employee engagement.

Contact WiseThink for a consultation to design the right Gamification Strategy for your organization.

Employer Trust

Employer Trust

One of the primary challenges that face employers when implementing employee health programs is the “Trust” factor. Employees are concerned about their employment security if health related information about them or their family is made available to the employer. Employers know this and have invested significant resources to keep employee health information private and confidential. However, broader employee-employer trust concerns still exist.

Contact WiseThink about new methods to leverage your employer health benefit programs to enhance employee loyalty and retention.

Personalization

Personalization

Personalization is key and should include the right incentives for the employee and their family, as well as, offering personal choice. Although the Federal Government has approved legislation to increase financial incentives in 2014 from 20% to 30%, however, financial incentives alone will not grow or necessarily sustain employee engagement. The key is personalizing the health program’s incentives and enabling personal choice to what the employee values.

Contact WiseThink about introducing personalization into your health benefit programs.

Self-Empowerment

Self-Empowerment

The healthcare paradigm is shifting and personal accountability for one’s own health is on the rise. Successful employer health programs empower the employee and t*heir family to take more ownership and accountability for their health, specifically with nutrition, exercise, health education, medication adherence and provider interactions.

Contact WiseThink about designing the right health education and simple self-empowerment mobile health tools for the employee and their family.

Family Inclusion

Family Inclusion

Employee health benefit programs should not only promote healthy behaviors with the employee while at work, but also with the employee and their family when they are not at work. Although this may seem obvious, it is a growing opportunity for many employers.

Employers should consider health programs and initiatives to promote healthy families, building a healthy consciousness amongst the employee and their loved ones. Wellness programs, nutrition programs, health education and self-empowerment tools should be made available to both the employee and the employee’s family.

Contact WiseThink for a consultation on implementing the right, well-balanced employer health program for your organization.