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Pre-Employment Health Screening and Checkup – Why is it so important?

  • December 15, 2021
  • 4 min read
Pre-Employment Health Screening and Checkup – Why is it so important?

Employees are the company’s most valuable asset, whose abilities, knowledge, experience, and contributions are indispensable. But, for a company to remain successful in the long run, a healthy and energetic workforce is essential.

So, how can you get a healthy workforce? A simple answer is – by conducting a pre-employment health screening and checkup.

As employers return to their work zones amid the challenging Covid conditions, they should implement comprehensive health checks before hiring newer candidates to ensure a healthy and safe workplace.

Pre-Employment Health Checkups Defined

A pre-employment health checkup is a brilliant way for companies to hire great candidates while maximizing business efficiencies. As an employer, you may learn about job seekers’ traits and health status through these checks while also deciding whether the applicants can perform tasks safely and risk-free.

According to a Cochrane analysis released in 2016, employers who conduct pre-hire health checkups positively impact their employees’ fitness compared to those who do not perform similar tests.

Benefits of Pre-Employment Health Checkup

Healthier employees generally result in a more productive workforce besides being self-motivated to contribute to a positive work environment. But when a workplace has sick employees, it lowers the morale of other workers and depletes the company’s resources over time.

Listed below are some benefits of a pre-employment screening that can strengthen and streamline your company’s hiring process:

Increased Productivity and Efficiency

By establishing baseline health data for all employees, pre-employment checkups mitigate the negative impact of contagious and lifestyle diseases, enable organization health analytics that can guide and shape the design of curated employee health management initiatives and encourage proactive actions to get better at health. The resulting benefits to the organization is a healthy workplace, reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.

Digitized Health Records

Under the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) framework, you can now efficiently record, collate, and analyze baseline health data for each prospective hire via an electronic health record system. This would allow you to decide to plan employee deployments, best fitment depending on nature of work and proactive focus on productivity boosters.

Greater Workplace Safety and Assurance

Most new job candidates are unaware of their present medical conditions or risks, which in due course can lead to unfortunate consequences for an organization. Getting a pre-employment health checkup can help employers avoid such occurrences, as well as provide them with confidence in their hiring decisions.

Reduced Medical Reimbursement Cost

Many companies provide health insurance benefits to their employees either wholly or partly. 80% of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are preventable such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, etc., through proactive early screening, risk reviews and early holistic health interventions. Long term consequence of neglect can be expensive due to frequent hospitalizations and absenteeism. That’s when pre-employment screenings and checks come into play, as they reduce the risk of negligent recruitment and its subsequent costs.

What does Pre-Employment Health Checks involve?

Depending on the type of organization and job requirements, the pre-employment assessments could use any strategy to include more than one category of the following tests :

  • Complete blood count
  • Liver function test (LFT)
  • Urine test
  • Blood glucose test (particularly, HBA1c test)
  • Blood grouping
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Pathological services
  • Comprehensive physical examination (to measure height, weight, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), etc.)

The pre-employment checkup is a preventive approach that adds value to any working setup with transparency for both employers and employees.

At Magnolia Health Community, we believe in delivering accessible, available and affordable care for our beneficiaries. We offer various innovative digitally-enabled, on-campus health checkup packages based on the industry and needs of employers. Our services are available 24/7 and are accessible through a simple log-in format. As for quality, we follow all the rules that are outlined in the national protocols.

So, if you are looking to conduct pre-employment health checks for your new hires, we have a dedicated team to assist you. You can fill in an inquiry form available on our website, and someone in our team will get back to you shortly.

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