Biometrics screening can provide early warning signs of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, among other conditions.

FREMONT, CA: The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has forced millions of Americans to delay or skip medical care. Employers are realizing just how many members of their teams have undiagnosed health problems, from high blood pressure to diabetes, as they welcome employees back to their offices and encourage others to make remote work a permanent arrangement.

Biometric screenings can reduce absenteeism and increase employee retention by lowering health costs.

Companies can optimize workforce engagement and well-being through regular employee checkups while undertaking certain strategies.

Correct data: It is increasingly common for HR professionals to use advanced metrics that can quantify the effects of lifestyle changes over time based on data from biometric testing.

Your employees should undergo basic health tests such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose (fasting blood sugar) levels, waist circumference, and Body Mass Index (BMI). Enhanced levels of testing are available that provide heart rate variability, ketones, and lipid profiles (LDL, HDL, cholesterol, and triglycerides) in addition to essential screenings for diabetes and colon cancer. Employees and employers can benefit from a comprehensive and actionable data set.

Confidentiality: Biometric testing can be perceived as an invasion of privacy if confidentiality and data protection systems are not properly communicated. Ensure that every opportunity is used to stress the privacy of biometric health information and that no one inside the company has access to employee test results.

Each employee should have access to their biometric testing results to take action, such as scheduling a consultation with their health care provider, improving their nutrition, and getting more exercise, based on the insights.

Accessibility: Regardless of where biometric testing occurs, it's vital that regularly scheduled testing is not put off. Employees remotely working have the option of at-home biometric testing and access to off-site labs, although onsite testing is the most accurate. Employees are more likely to make positive changes in their mental and physical health if your organization makes the biometric testing process easy.