No matter what form of health strategies an organization offers, there is little chance of success without member engagement, and no chance for member engagement without member awareness. At Hays Companies, we understand while there are many kinds of employer-sponsored wellness programs, all of them present program administrators with the common challenge of effectively communicating to the target population. As anyone who has been involved in employer health initiative knows all too well, it is no simple task to create and sustain a dialogue with a diverse population of employees who may not have much in common in terms of geography, work schedule, or lifestyle choices.
Fortunately, continued advances in technology offer many promising new resources to help employers’ efforts to bring positive changes in the lives of their employees. Many of these new tools take the form of portals, devices, and applications (or apps).
Improvements in portal usability are making wellness programs more accessible than ever to employees and administrators. In just the last few years, wellness vendors have developed new offerings with portals that feature the following:
- A seamless transition from an employer’s internal homepage to the external program’s portal.
- Online registration by employees for events and programs, which automates response tracking and communications.
- Reporting capabilities regarding engagement indicators and health outcome changes.
- The ability to sync devices and apps to the assigned wellness portal; allowing for example the secure uploading of exercise data directly to an employee’s personal page.
Innovations in digital health and fitness devices can leverage employee reliance on their phones, tablets and laptops, helping to link the passive activity of using a portable device to active endeavors such as exercise. Taking advantage of these new technologies can help employees to make healthier lifestyle choices and significantly increase positive outcomes. For example, incorporating wearable health-promoting devices such as FitBit, Nike Fuel Band or the Pebble by FitLinx and applications into a wellness program can be a simple and effective way to encourage participation. Many such devices offer new ways to help companies and employees achieve their shared fitness goals.
Downloadable apps can serve as either a complement or an inexpensive alternative to a fitness device. Program administrators can introduce employees to health-promoting apps via the employer wellness portal. Below are six of the most popular options.
Wellness programs that integrate these innovations will serve novice techies as well as tech-savvy staff, because these are technologies most employees already know and use.
All. Together. Simplified.
With the rapidly evolving technology marketplace, Hays Companies has partnered with independent technology consultants to simplify the evaluation, development and implementation process. We can build effective platforms that leverage technology such as portals, devices and apps, as well as care reminders, care access, financial wellbeing, advocacy tools and more. Our goal at Hays Companies is to deliver the best organizational solution for health strategy technology and create efficiencies to enhance the employee’s experience with their benefits.
Make technology your health and wellness program partner. To find out more, email our Director of Health Strategies, Holly Capelle (firstname.lastname@example.org).