Four Ways Technology Can Help you Transition from Wellness to Well-being
Jonathan Edelheit, JD
The corporate wellness industry has been undergoing a quiet revolution. What started as encouraging employees to walk more and watch what they eat have transformed into programs that seek to help employees across all aspects of their lives, from their health and benefits to financial and mental wellness. This transformation highlights the industry shift from wellness to well-being.
Will Herold, DHS Group’s VP of Employer Solutions, had this to say about the change.
“A wellbeing approach is more of a holistic approach to help employees improve on all aspects of wellness – those being physical, mental, financial and health. What we knew as ‘employee wellness’ only focused on a subset of the complete wellbeing pie.”
This shift also highlights the change within the Human Resources industry itself. Along with an expansion of wellness and well-being comes an expansion of the role of the HR professional and what is expected of them. Many employers are incorporating integrated health benefit management solutions to help HR with this difficult task. These solutions bring all software vendor datasets together to help make easy and informed benefit and well-being decisions.
Here are four ways these software solutions can ease the transition from wellness to well-being:
- 24/7 Accessibility Anywhere: Many of these solutions offer one easy login to access all the information you need, all without the hassle of worrying about version control. HR can get the tasks done that you need wherever they are.
- Power to the People: Integrated health benefit management solutions make it easy for employees to access the system regardless of their device. This means that employees can log in and compare plans, submit and check existing claims, log their wellness and so much more. This allows employees to receive faster access to their information without creating a backlog in HR.
- Automated Workflow: By creating an automated workflow, HR professionals can improve their productivity and focus on other projects. Tasks like onboarding new hires can be completed in minutes rather than days.
- Improved Decision Making: Integrated health benefit management solutions create a central platform that organizes all the data HR needs to make informed decisions about health plans and well-being programs, including utilization rates and whether these programs are having an impact or not. HR can then use these insights to make decisions on what benefits to offer, whether to fund them fully or opt for a co-pay arrangement and how to improve existing programs.
As wellness and well-being continue to grow, HR professionals will need to continue to expand their skills and knowledge to help these programs – and the employees they serve – prosper. But the task is becoming increasingly difficult without the proper tools needed to support them. Discover how HealthSpective from the DHS Group can help support you and your team.