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.

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.

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.

The Three Pillars of Wellness

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Wellness can mean a lot of things, that’s for sure. But let’s think in terms of you as an employer. You want wellness to support the cultural, psychological, medical, and safety aspects of your employees’ lives. Wellness impacts their productivity and their costs from other line items such as medical claims, disability claims, absenteeism and the cost of recruiting and training.

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