Launching An Employee Wellness Program

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Imagine this: it’s the end of a long week and the CXO pulls you aside and says, “Let’s launch an employee wellness program. Research some vendor options and let’s discuss on Monday.” No problem. There are literally thousands of corporate wellness vendors in US, so you should be able to find a suitable option with little trouble. Right? Wrong as can be.

Positivity in the Workplace

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Are you sick of the Sunday Scaries? Do you want to start saying “Thank God it’s Monday” instead of dreading the work week ahead? All things are possible with a little positivity.

Why Health Risk Assessments Don't Deliver

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) have been a core component of corporate wellness programs for more than 20 years, despite growing evidence that they fail to achieve the outcomes that they are purported to deliver.

AHA: Assess Fitness as a New Vital Sign

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The American Heart Association (AHA) has called upon doctors to assess fitness as a vital sign, right alongside weight and blood pressure. Read more about how research has shown that poor fitness is very costly, contributing as much as smoking and high blood pressure to bad outcomes, like cancers and heart attacks.

Had Enough of Incentives Yet?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How the wellness industry got it wrong with outcomes-based incentives.
Fidelity and the National Business Group on Health recently published their 7th annual survey of
employers on the topic of health and wellness. The survey indicated a serious retreat away from
outcomes-based incentives: a predicted 45% drop! Large though this is, it really shouldn’t be surprising
that employers are moving away from the punitive and ineffective outcomes-based programs now
offered in the market. 

Silver Linings in the EEOC Lawsuit Against Honeywell?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wellness incentive advocates are understandably disturbed by the Federal government’s attempt to squash Honeywell’s program. Like many other companies, Honeywell adopted a program that applies large penalties to employees who do not participate in screenings. The program is in compliance with the ACA and HIPAA, but the government contends that the program runs afoul of other laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. Leaving aside the questions of who is right and who is wrong as well as the role of government in protecting workers and facilitating economies, there is a potential silver lining to the action.

Companies Can Reverse the Relentless Waistline Widening

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Workplaces have cultures. This is to state the obvious. But the workplace also sits inside the broader culture of our local towns, cities, regions, states and country. Our society today is saturated with opportunities and inducements to consume calories. We spend a smaller percentage of our income on food than any other county. But that is because we are rich and food is cheap, not because Americans don’t eat a lot. In fact, we do eat a lot. We beat out the world in many categories of food consumption, including total calories per person. So it is not surprising that working age Americans, on average, gain a pound per year.

Wellness Screenings: Why Less Is More

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Let’s take a look under the proverbial hood, shall we? If an employer is going to have employees check their cholesterol, why not take a look at their glucose as well? And for only a buck or two more, why not take a look at their thyroid function too? And if you do all that, the liver function tests are very cheap to add so why not? We might as well throw in calcium, kidney function tests and a complete blood count while we’re at it right?

So What's The ROI

Thursday, April 9, 2015

You got a wellness program?... So what's the ROI?
Why is it that the wellness industry is expected to return multiples on an employer’s investment? It may seem odd to ask this question because it would seem obvious that employers have an obligation to demand a positive ROI on each of their investments. Economic theory asserts this will be the case when an actor, whether individual or corporate, is faced with a spending decision. Reality, however, is somewhat different.

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