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This Week: Top 10 Employee Wellness Tools
Employee wellness isn't just a "feel-good" initiative that an organization undertakes in the name of good PR and self-congratulations – it's a bottom-line-friendly business strategy.
Consider that for every dollar spent on a workplace wellness program, an employer can save up to $3.27 in health care costs. And that health-related absenteeism costs the U.S. economy roughly $84 billion in lost productivity every year. And that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "a modest reduction in avoidable risk factors could lead to a gain of more than $1 trillion annually in labor supply and efficiency by 2023."
If those statistics have convinced you that it's time to invest in employee wellness, then the following technologies and tools should help you do just that:
1. Culinary Health Solutions
Diet is a critical component of our overall health, and now you can help your employees eat better thanks to Culinary Health Service's Culinary Health Profile, a suite of tools employees can access from any device. The suite includes a food journal, a diagnostic quiz, and a results tracker, making each employee feel like they have their very own health coach right in their pocket.
2. 2020 On-Site Optometry
2020 On-Site Optometry brings eye exams directly to your office – and what better way to support your employees' health and well-being than by making it as convenient as possible for them to receive the care they need?
The company describes its service as "OpenTable for eye exams": Employees book their appointments online and confirm their appointments via text message. Then, 2020 On-Site sends a mobile vision center to your workplace to conduct the exams.
There are essentially two ways to use the very popular Fitbit as a part of your employee wellness program: The DIY approach, and the Fitbit Group Health approach.
The DIY approach, as outlined by Academic Director AJ Saleem of Suprex Learning: "I buy a ton of Fitbit watches during Black Friday and distribute them to employees." A quick, easy, and to-the-point wellness initiative perfect for startups and small businesses.
On the other hand, Fitbit Group Health is Fitbit's official B2B arm, which provides devices, software, and services to partner organizations. If your organization is a little too big for the DIY approach – or you want support and guidance from corporate wellness professionals – then Fitbit Group Health is definitely a great option.
Cubii is the epitome of "neat" (said entirely without irony): an under-desk elliptical machine paired with an app that allows people to track their progress, compete with their friends, and even sync their Cubii results with their Fitbits. Plus, Cubii is designed to be extra quiet, which means employees won't bother their coworkers while peddling away in the office.
Say some of your employees dig their Fitbits, while others like their Garmins, and still others are using one of any number of alternative fitness wearables: How do you get everyone on the same page for an overall corporate wellness initiative?
That's where Jiff comes in: Its employee wellness platform can connect with pretty much any device, allowing your employees to pursue personalized health strategies while also giving you an overview of how your wellness program is doing.
ATLETO is a "social sports" app that allows athletes of all skill levels to meet up, host events, play together, and generally build healthy communities. It also has great workplace applications, as explained by Ashley Ray of PMBC Group: "We utilize ATLETO to organize our walking meetings and other employee bonding activities such as lunchtime yoga sessions and brainstorming strolls around the block. We have even organized Pokemon Go! breaks to team up and compete to catch the most Pokemon!"
Limeade brings one of the most comprehensive models out there to corporate employee wellness programs. Its program can help your organization with every stage of its wellness initiative, from awareness, to action, to rewards, to insights. If you're in the market for an employee wellness partner – not just a software or tech tool – then Limeade might just be the answer.
Keas is a health management platform for self-insured employers that aims to help organizations cut healthcare costs by mitigating risk factors and helping employees make smarter, healthier choices. While HR pros can use the platform to administer health and benefits programs, employees can use Keas to get personalized benefit recommendations, participate in health challenges, and join a health-oriented community of engaged peers.
Healthper doesn't believe in one-size-fits-all wellness solutions. Instead, the company is all about targeted approaches to employee well-being. Healthper works with partner companies to create customized, branded programs according to the needs and concerns of the specific employees who make up a given workforce. No two employees are the same in terms of their health and well-being, and Healthper is a great way to make sure your wellness initiatives take that fact into account.
Optimity takes a truly holistic approach to employee wellness, offering "micro-habit coaching" and daily challenges in nutrition, physical activity, and mindfulness.
On the administrative side of things, a centralized dashboard gives data-driven insights into employee health and risks. Optimity calculates employee wellness risks on a weekly basis and allows for preventative coaching whenever it looks like the company is trending toward increased risk.