In what could serve as a caution to employers using health and fitness apps to engage workers in their wellness programs, researchers at Brigham Young University are warning over the trend of developers basing their platforms' rewards on gamification.
Many benefit managers especially those at smaller companies have never had to help an employee with an accommodation at work or help chart their path back to work after a disability leave.
In this series, EBN profiles three companies with winning wellness programs. The University of Michigan shares how its network of 400 wellness champions is key to the programs success.
While use of electronic cigarettes is growing in popularity, employers are starting to take a look at adopting policies on use of the device at work, and how to protect workers from coming into contact with second-hand vapors.
In this series, EBN profiles three companies with winning wellness programs. Whirlpool Corporation, the global manufacturer of major home appliances, began its exploration into wellness in 2009.
Alan Kohll, CEO and founder of Total Wellness, speaks to the importance of building intrinsic motivation in employees to participate in wellness programs.
Baird has a rich 95-year history of providing financial advice and services to its clients and being a best place to work for its associates, earning it ninth spot on Fortunes 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014. It has been included in the magazines national rankings since 2004, which was right around the same time it started its first wellness program.
Benefit managers looking to get more training in wellness have a new option with an online program from the Institute for Wellness Education.
With the average wellness incentive reaching nearly $600 this year according to some estimates, its no wonder employers are looking to get more bang for their buck. The right incentive program depends on a host of factors and requires thoughtful consultation with your wellness vendor. Here are 10 best practices from Provant to guide the development of effective incentives.
The IRS has issued its first adjustment to the ACA definition of affordability for the 2015 plan year. Building a solid ACA compliance plan with your employer clients means understanding the act clearly provides for such changes.
The AMAs designation of obesity as a disease promises to gain more medical coverage for treatment options, but could cost your employer clients in the short-term.
Todays best health assessments leverage sophisticated computer algorithms to identify individual health risk and measure motivation to change unhealthy behaviors. Across an employer population, health assessment aggregate data can inform the program choices for employer-based health management efforts. But not all health assessments are created equal. As health assessments gain broader use among not only employers but also health plans and in clinical settings, separating the myths from reality can help potential users focus on their true value. HealthFitness has identified several myths of health assessments and identified the best practices for worksite wellness.
Commentary: Here are some tips from blogger Jeff Hyman on how to ensure employers wellness programs are on track, including top-level buy-in and consistency.
Opinion: While some thought that expensive, broad-based health screening programs were a thing of the past, the AHA's policies may support practices that should have been abandoned long ago.
Wellness and retirement educational tools are paramount in an ever-changing landscape of employee benefits, and Mercer has taken a unique approach in its newest endeavor, Mercer Benefits U.