Corporate wellness insights

3 Questions Your Employees Will Ask About Biometric Screenings

Posted by Fiona Gathright on 06.24.2013

The first step to a successful biometric screening is effective communication. It’s so important to anticipate your employees’ questions well in advance. Your screening vendor should help create a comprehensive biometric screenings FAQ, but to get you started, I’ve listed three of the most basic questions your employees are likely to ask:

Why screenings?

It’s so basic that some wellness professionals miss it entirely. If employees don’t understand why you’re offering biometric screenings in the first place, they may not trust the process. They need to know that screenings are an investment in their health — plain and simple.

The person who delivers the message is an important as the message itself, so make sure it comes from someone who speaks for the entire organization. Ideally, the president or CEO.

What happens to my health information?

You may know HIPAA inside and out, but your employees probably don’t. Help them understand that their health information is protected by federal law and will never be seen by the company. If you’re sharing employees’ data with a third-party such as another wellness partner, be sure to explain exactly how and why.

Are the tests accurate?

Sometimes it’s assumed that workplace screenings aren’t as reliable as laboratory tests, but that’s simply not true. Doctors and hospitals across the country use the very same equipment to provide rapid cholesterol and glucose testing. Ask your screening vendor for technical documentation and make it available to your employees.

We hope list for a biometric screenings FAQ is a helpful start, but if you need help addressing your employees’ questions, just drop us a line. We’ll be happy to help.

Fiona Gathright is the President and CEO of Wellness Corporate Solutions. A leader in both wellness and entrepreneurship, Fiona has received numerous awards and accolades including 2014 Most Promising Women Entrepreneur, Fortune Magazine; 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year; Enterprising Women Magazine; Minority Business Leader, Washington Business Journal; and Entrepreneurial Winning Women, Ernst & Young. She serves in leadership positions with several organizations, including the Enterprising Women Advisory Board. She is also a Foundation Associate with the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.