Health and Wellness at the Workplace: Measuring Efficacy of Employee Benefits
Helping employees make better, healthier options in their lives can have high returns in terms of productivity at work
The implementation and growth of health and wellness programs among gaming companies has become a very hot topic in terms of health investment returns. The crucial question with regards this matter is not figuring out what to implement, but how to measure what has been implemented.
Many company benefits, for instance, free gym classes as well as healthy food and juices, are given freely to employees without measuring their effects on them. In other words, there is not a way to analyse the real effect of such company employee benefits.
In order to ensure an effective design and implementation of health and wellness programs, it is important to establish a practical measuring system that can accurately track their performance and evaluate the results.
Our recent study “BIA test: a SMART system for an health company” conducted within a gaming company, shows how the BIA test (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) can be a SMART system (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Trackable) that analyses the health status of employees. The BIA test is a simple and non-invasive method that tracks the body composition and nutritional status of each company member in terms of total body water, body fat percentage and energy expenditure.
The results of the study show how male game presenter are more likely to be dehydrated and undernourished compared to their female colleagues and managers of both genders.
On the other hand, female game presenter working on night shifts are more likely to be overweight not only in comparison to their male colleagues but also to their female colleagues working in morning shifts.
However, it has been found that all already implemented company benefits do not have a significant positive effect on the health status that ultimately leads to an increase in productivity. Gaming companies have to carefully analyse the employee health status in order to personalise their benefits and have a significant return on their investment.
A user friendly BIA system, which is easy to implement in all branches of a company, is herein being developed by Boody ltd, with the scope of measuring biometric values more accurately, providing the utmost physical potential to the human resources of a company.