Monitoring workplace health has been shown
to have major benefits for both the individual
employees and the collective workforce.
A study by Oxford University published in the Journal of Human Hypertension showed the effectiveness of tracking wellness metrics in the reduction of high blood pressure.
The study, carried out using six Wellpoints, was conducted over a year and concluded that they had shown “a clinically and statistically significant reduction in blood pressure in users of a workplace kiosk that was sustained at 6 and 12 months”.
The report went on to state that the use of wellness systems was “likely to result in considerable decrease in cardiovascular risk”.
Studies have shown that workers with a BMI over 35 take an average of 6 more sick days than those with a BMI under 25. According to the UK Labour Force Survey, the average sick day costs employers £107.85 per employee. With the average UK employee taking 6 days off sick per year, an overweight employee could cost a company on average £1,300 per year in absenteeism.
A survey by Aflac showed that 61% of employees who have access to a company wellness program have actively used it to make healthier lifestyle options. This could lead to fewer days lost to sick leave, but also showed that staff rank effective wellness programs as one of their top factors in deciding whether to take or remain in a job. A further study by the American Psychology Association showed that 89% of employees at organisations that support well-being and health improvement initiatives are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work.
The use of Wellpoints within company wellbeing initiatives almost always comes as part of a wider holistic approach to looking after the health of employees. Encouraging staff to partake in positive fitness activities alongside colleagues can have a secondary effect of building stronger camaraderie amongst the workforce. Many companies are now using wellbeing programmes to complement wider teambuilding exercises in order to help improve mental health by fostering a more sociable work environment.
The Health at Work: Economic Evidence Report provides data on the impact and effectiveness of workplace health initiatives. The report, compiled by ERS in 2016, the document presents compelling evidence of the cost to employers of sickness absence, presenteeism and staff turnover and how these costs could be reduced through the introduction of up-front investment in workplace health initiatives.
The precision measurements taken by the Wellpoint also enable individuals to avert what might otherwise become a major health emergency. In Lincolnshire, a highly serious medical condition was detected early that could otherwise have led to stroke or heart attack. As one of our users wrote to us;
“My partner also works here, after going on the Wellpoint it came back several times that he was suffering with high blood pressure. We decided to book a doctor’s appointment and as a result he was sent to hospital put on an ECG which showed damaged to his left ventricle of his heart.
A&E doctor said due to his age (27) normally high blood pressure goes unnoticed till it’s too late (Stroke or heart attack). I’m not sure without the health Kiosk being brought to the depot what would have happened.”
Wellpoint Group Limited (Wellpoint) is committed to taking data security very seriously and takes great care with customer and user data. This Privacy Notice outlines how your personal information will be treated. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced and you should check this page to see our most up to date policy.
In order to provide you with our services, we may collect personal data about you from our website and from our health kiosks. Information such as your name and email address are used to create an account for you on both the website and the health kiosks. Other data we may collect includes data such as age, gender, and your health metric data that is collected on the kiosk, or entered by yourself into Well.Me. This allows you to keep track of your overall progress and be able to see historic results, set goals and enter challenges with your friends and colleagues.
Any personal data that Wellpoint collect will only be used for the following purposes:
We can assure you that your personal data is never passed on to third parties.
Personal data that Wellpoint hold will only be stored for the minimum amount of time deemed necessary for the purposes for which it is being used, including:
You have the right to access, modify or delete any of your data. You also have the right to raise any concerns or complaints regarding your data. Please email any requests to Wellpoint’s Data Protection Officer at DPO@wellpointgroup.com
As a Well.Me user, you can regularly receive emails giving you an update of your Weight, BMI, Body Fat Percentage, Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Cardiovascular Risk and Heart Age whether they have been manually entered or recorded as a result of a health check on a Kiosk.