Blood Screening

WellteQ partners with intelligent blood screening solution, i-screen

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12 December 2018

Highlights

  • APAC’s leading digital wellness platform now integrated with over 3,000 blood pathology collection centres in Asia and Australia.
  • Combined solution offers wearables integration, rewards, gamification and blood pathology analytics.
  • Partnership celebrates its launch with a national B2B contract in Australia to commence Q1-2019.

WellteQ is proud to announce a partnership with leading health analytics and blood testing organisation i-screen. i-screen’s network includes over 3,000 blood pathology collection centres across APAC.

By integrating i-screen’s health analytics into its digital wellness platform, WellteQ is now able to digitise on-site health checks and incorporate pathology testing services into its offering. The i-screen biometric data offers unique insights into risk factors for lifestyle related conditions
such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, endocrinological and nutritional deficiencies. A comprehensive report of results complete with recommendations from a medical professional can now be securely delivered to a user’s email inbox within 48 hours. When correlated with WellteQ’s lifestyle analytics, this brings a new depth and comprehensiveness to health assessments. The user is more informed and protected knowing that all results are confidential and only aggregated, de-identified insights are derived for employers.

Using i-screen’s extensive network of affiliated collection centres across APAC, WellteQ users will have access to nationally accredited pathology laboratories where their blood samples can be collected, analysed and reported.

For employers this collaboration brings a new approach to employee health screening leveraged by technology:

  • Empowering employees to take ownership of their health data with easy-to-follow visualisation of test results in their online dashboard.
  • Engaging employees in positive lifestyle changes with personalised interpretation
    of results and advice from experienced medical professionals.
  • Motivating employees to sustain lifestyle improvements by monitoring health data
    over time.
  • Driving a deeper understanding and personalisation of a user’s journey as they
    engage with the WellteQ platform.
  • Enabling more targeted workplace wellness interventions and better ROI through anonymised aggregated data insights.

Amelia Thornycroft, Director of Operations at i-screen, said:

“For too long insights into employee health have been limited to annual medicals targeting senior executives – a demographic which was traditionally considered to add the greatest value but pose the biggest health risk. i-screen’s collaboration with WellteQ offers employers an inclusive, digital and cost-effective health screening solution, which can be rapidly deployed across the entire workforce. This powerful blend of data provides unique insights into employee health and wellbeing designed to empower individuals to take ownership of key health indicators such as cholesterol and fasting glucose, and make targeted lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of lifestyle disease”.

“We’re excited to work with WellteQ to lead the transition away from event-driven employee wellness activities, to a dynamic data-driven digital wellness platform designed to engage the employee in their health journey”.

Scott Montgomery, CEO of WellteQ, said:

“The partnership with i-screen is an exciting step forward in our strategic direction to provide individuals with a complete snapshot of their total wellness. This allows us to service corporates with essential blood pathology testing of employees and bespoke analysis. By taking a systemised approach we negate the individual’s need to travel to a doctor whilst benchmarking their risk levels across our 4D risk analytics model (self reported HRA, wearable data points, anthropometric measurements and pathology biomarkers). We’re seeing clients increasingly shift their focus to digitising and automating their wellness initiatives which consolidates their spend, and virtually removes the operational headaches typically seen from managing the logistics of on-site services”.

“This partnership enables WellteQ to digitise the complete on-site health check and repurpose organisations’ traditional spend for a lot more value. This collaboration also allows us to monitor key biometric health metrics, through our engagement platform, across a 12-month period rather than an isolated snapshot moment in time”.

About i-screen

i-screen is an intelligent health screening solution that tracks key biomarkers in your blood. We provide online access to the tools, insight and medical expertise to help people make better health decisions, avoid preventable illness and work towards optimum health and wellbeing.

Samples are collected and analysed by leading pathology laboratories and results are interpreted by our experienced medical professionals meaning you can be confident of a safe and reliable service. We are strongly committed to protecting personal information and only share data with our medical professionals who review results within our platform.

Our doctors have an ethical, professional and legal duty to respect your rights to privacy meaning you can be sure of complete discretion and confidentiality.

About WellteQ

WellteQ is an award-winning, holistic digital wellness solution for employee engagement and HR data analytics.

Our suite of innovative engagement programs include activity challenges, mental wellness, financial wellness, HR onboarding and virtual coaching for employees. We offer the most comprehensive data analytics for real-time engagement and post-program ROI in market.

Programs are highly customisable and provide an experience packed with gamification, group projects, social interaction rewards and charity all to maximise healthy behavioural change – there is no one-size-fits-all solution. With customisation comes flexibility, which is paramount for businesses of all shapes and sizes around the world. WellteQ’s platform is available for white labelling.

WellteQ was founded in Perth, before moving its headquarters to Singapore.

For all press and image queries, please contact Ed Burleigh: ed@wellteq.co

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5 Tips to Make You Healthier, Happier and More Productive at Work!

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Improve your work life

Healthier, Happier and More Productive at Work!

It happens to the best of us, but sometimes we just can’t bear our job! There are a few simple tricks you can do to combat the drain work has on our mental and physical health. So here are five ways you can feel healthier, happier and more productive at work.

1. Move it or Lose it! 

They say that sitting is the new smoking. Yes it’s a crude comparison, and sitting down next to someone is not nearly as antisocial as blowing smoke in their face, but the science backs it up. A recent study from the American Cancer Society finds a link between long periods of leisure time sitting and a higher risk of death from all causes.

Terrifying!

Scaremongering aside, sitting can also have adverse effects on your productivity. While you might believe that you’re ‘in the zone’ and that every minute of the day counts, taking regular short breaks between tasks will actually help you stay focussed. Splitting your day’s tasks into bitesize chunks, rewarding yourself with a short break in between, can help you manage your workload more effectively.

So stand up, get the blood pumping and cruise through your day’s tasklist.

2. It’s Rude Not to Stair

It’s one thing taking regular breaks to move around, but are you ready to take on the stairs? Researchers from McMaster University recently found that climbing stairs for 10 minutes a day can have major benefits for heart health, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You burn more calories stair climbing so it’s also a great way to lose weight.

Taking the stairs can also helps boost energy levels. Researchers from University of Georgia found that 10 minutes going up and down stairs gives you more energy than 50mg of coffee. Cheaper and healthier too!

Try swapping the work elevator for the stairs. If your office is on the 50th floor, you could always take the lift part way up and walk the rest of the way. Even better, using a wellness program, set up a ‘Stair Master’ challeng and compete with your colleagues to take your fitness to the next level.

3. Do Sleep on the Job

If you ever find yourself nodding off at work, maybe you shouldn’t fight the urge for a sneaky nap. Ok so spending all afternoon with your head on your desk drooling onto your keyboard is a quick way to get fired, but research shows that a 10-20 minute power nap can do wonders for you. The many benefits include increasing alertness, boosting creativity and reducing stress.    

Taking naps at work is being recognised worldwide with some offices actually installing sleeping pods for just that purpose. In Japan they even have a word for sleeping at work: “inemuri,” which translates roughly as “sleeping while present.” So find yourself a comfy spot in the office, grab a pillow and catch a few zzzs!

However, you should not be napping because you don’t get enough sleep generally. You should still be aiming to get at least 7 hours’ sleep a night. Using wearables is a great way to track both the quantity and quality of your sleep.

4. Don’t Be a Slouch

When you’re spending several hours a day at a computer it can be difficult to maintain good posture. Having bad posture can cause both short and long-term injuries. Try using these ergonomic tips to help your body assume a neutral, strain-free position:

  • Sit upright with your feet flat on the floor and your back fully supported by your seat.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed, allowing your upper arms to hang naturally. Your elbows should be close to the body and bent between 90 and 120 degrees.
  • Your thighs should be parallel to the floor, and your knees close to the same height as your hips.
  • Keep your monitor about an arm’s length away; the top of the screen should be at eye level, so that you can read without craning your neck.

4. Find Your Work BFF

Making friends at work is proven to be beneficial to our wellbeing. A 2014 study by LinkedIn found 46% of professionals worldwide believe work friends are important to their overall happiness. More recently, a survey by Comparably found 60% of women and 56% of men admitted to having a work BFF.

You probably spend more time per week with your co-workers than you do with your other friends, so it’s important to be sociable. Indeed, having work friends can have a dramatic effect on workplace happiness in a number of ways, including: not feeling alienated, being able to bond over shared feelings about the company and reducing stress by having someone to talk to if things go wrong.

Wellness programs are also great to foster friendships at works as they allow you to enter into a community-driven environment where you can compete with, or against, other colleagues.

To find out how WellteQ can help with all of the above, and more, get in touch with the team.

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Garmin-WellteQ Partnership Goes from Strength to Strength

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Garmin wearables at work

Back in January 2017, Garmin and WellteQ joined forces to use wearable technology to transform the face of corporate wellness programs.

18 months later and the partnership is still going strong with 56% of WellteQ users now choosing Garmin as their preferred wearable of choice.

Stat Attack

To celebrate our 18-month anniversary, we’ve pulled a few fun stats from our Garmin users. Since January 2017, WellteQ users have:

  • Walked a whopping 486,517,080 steps – the equivalent of trekking the entire length of Great Wall of China 18 times.
  • Clocked up a blissful 8,108,618 hours of sleep – the equivalent of snoozing through the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy 9 million times.
  • Kept active for an average of 146 mins a day – the equivalent of 49 rounds of boxing.

WellteQ on Garmin

So clearly our users are loving their Garmins, but what about the WellteQ team?

“Garmin wearables allow us to reach next-level wellness value through fresh employee health experiences and data-driven intelligence”– Scott Montgomery, CEO, WellteQ.

“Garmin simply delivers quality: quality devices, quality data and quality insights.” – Jeames Gillett, COO, WellteQ.

“I literally had no concept of the quantity and quality of my sleep until I started wearing Garmin and partaking in the WellteQ sleep challenges. Being super-competitive, Garmin helps me optimise my sleep patterns to beat my colleagues… don’t snooze you lose!” – Ed Burleigh, Senior Marketing Manager, WellteQ.

Garmin wearables

Garmin vivo series


Garmin on WellteQ

“Garmin’s goal is to offer a clear, concise and price-attainable solution for our clients. That goal is realised by offering a WellteQ platform with Garmin devices. Garmin are world recognised for their best in class health and navigation products, WellteQ are the fast-emerging innovator of wellness engagement and analytics. Coming together helps more people and organisations gain the most out of our wearables so is a win-win for everyone” – Joern Watzke, Director Global B2B Sales, Garmin.

Looking Ahead

WellteQ’s CEO, Scott, will be speaking at the Medical Fair Asia Medicine + Sports Conference about how we use Garmin wearables to measure pre-work fatigue, risk, physiological stress and vocational performances.

We are also hosting an exclusive roundtable event together – stay tuned for further announcements.

To discuss WellteQ’s award-winning analytics solution, get in touch today.

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Top 5 Tips to Improve Employee Engagement in APAC

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On the back of a recent Colliers International report that APAC countries are losing billions of dollars a year from health issues, employee wellness is now a key business component for HR teams across the region.

So, without further ado, here are WellteQ’s Top 5 Tips to Improve Employee Engagement in APAC.

1. Realistic Expectations

Sadly, a major problem across APAC is employees working too many hours. This has been recognised at a governmental level, eg in Singapore the Ministry of Manpower has advocated a limit of 44 working hours per week.

However, change has to happen at an organisational level – managers need to open their eyes to the signs of burnout and mental health in workplace. While working overtime might help boost productivity in the short-term, the mid and long-term consequences can be severe.

Overworked employees may lose their motivation, become less productive or even leave the company.

In extreme cases, stress-related burn out can result in severe health issues and even lead to death. Tragically, this is so commonplace in Asia that many countries have their own word for “death by overworking”: karōshi in Japanese, gwarosa in South Korean and guolaosi in Chinese.

Effective leaders should discourage working overtime where it can be avoided. In some Asian cultures it is still believed that an employee should not leave the office before their manager – by leaving on time, the manager ensures that employees are not under pressure to stay at the office.

Employee engagement across APAC

Consistently working overtime can have severe health consequences.


2. It’s Good to Talk 

Internal communication is crucial to improving employee engagement, but this is something that has often been criticised across APAC. Whether it’s a corporate or a start-up, it is a manager’s duty to hold periodic appraisals with their employees.

These meetings are crucial for an employee to gauge how their performance is being measured and evaluated. It also gives them the opportunity to have transparent conversations about salary career progression. A good manager will also use this opportunity to identify and solve any issues that may inhibit the employee from carrying out their work.

Managers should proactively encourage employees to have these appraisals, as opposed to employees continuously chasing for it.

However, 1-on-1 meetings may not always allow an employee to air their grievances. By conducting employee surveys regularly, a company can allow unhappy employees to open up anonymously without fear of reprisal. This type of feedback is crucial to improve the Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS).

3. APAC Wellness Programs

The Colliers International report found that “wellness is becoming a key component of workplace strategy with corporates increasingly looking to design the best workplaces to enhance employee engagement and productivity”.

In this increasingly digital age, traditional wellness programs are becoming less and less effective. Instead, organisations are looking at data-driven solutions that can provide more accurate insights into their workforce than ever before, eg WellteQ integrates with main-brand wearables to focus on optimising health goals such as stress, fatigue, fitness, etc.

But a good digital wellness solution can do so much more:

  • Add a dimension of gamification by rewarding employees for partaking in cross-departmental challenges.
  • Leverage smartphone technology to communicate more effectively with connected employees.
  • Identify a workforce’s health issues – companies can enhance risk analysis capabilies in order to reduce health insurance premiums.
  • Incorporate employee surveys to measure the eNPS before and after a wellness program. At WellteQ we have seen a 40% in employee engagement after our wellness program.

WellteQ connects with wearables

Connecting wellness programs to wearables


4. Inclusion Policy

One quick way to ostracise an employee is by making them feel detached from the company. Creating an “us and them” gulf between management and the rest of the workforce can be extremely demoralising. This could include things like reprimanding employees for being late while at the same time being consistently late themselves.

There are a number of things managers in APAC can do to make an employee feel more included:

  • Allowing them the opportunity to own share options means they are more immersed in the success and failure of the company.
  • Injecting a vibrant social calendar into your organisation allows people to forge deeper connections with both their team and management.
  • Incorporating CSR initiatives allow staff to bond over important causes not related to their everyday work. CSR projects can be particularly powerful if there is support from senior management.

5. Moving with the Times

The face of business has undeniably changed over the past few decades. There are now a range of digital tools that employers can get their hands on to boost productivity, eg Slack (team communications),  Skype (video conferencing), Jamboard (virtual whiteboards), and many more.

However, the non-digital advancements have been just as important, eg introducing stand-up meetings as a way to cut down on unnecessary time wasting.

This attitudinal shift can largely be attributed to the rise in startup culture where bootstrapped entrepreneurs needed to streamline their businesses to make them as productive as possible. They started cutting out unnecessary rules that had dominated the corporate world for too long, so things like flexible hours, relaxed dress codes and quirky office spaces were introduced.

The startup scene is thriving in APAC and the corporate world is learning from it as a tool to improve employee engagement.

Co-working space across APAC

Flexible working hours, relaxed dress codes and quirky offices.


Putting it into Action

So that’s our Top 5 Tips to Improve Employee Engagement in APAC!

While this is all very well in theory, these type of changes are difficult to implement and will not happen overnight.

To see how WellteQ’s award-winning analytics solution can help you increase employee engagement, get in touch today.

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