Investing in a healthy workforce can help increase productivity levels of employees, found a recent research paper by Ronald J. Ozminkowski, PhD, chief scientific officer and senior vice president at OptumHealth Care Solutions. The study determined that net productivity losses were $158-$1,601 more per year for each person with a health risk or condition. Findings suggest that when an employee engages with a health coach, health advocate, or nurse and makes improvements in health or reductions in health risks, is likely to become more productive.
Employees have access to thousands of apps covering health and wellness on their mobile device. Employers and wellness vendors can offer workers hi-tech ways to track their physical activity, promote healthy eating and inspire wellness at work. Here are five mobile apps and outreach ideas to get employees moving and engaged in your wellness program.
It's Facebook for your health: How new technologies are helping to drive employee behavior change, using employees' love of social media to help provide an encouraging and accountable environment to reach their health goals.
While millennials may likely be the most savvy generation when it comes to monitoring their health and tracking their progress towards health goals, employers will find that this group needs monetary motivation, finds a new survey.
When employers focus on incorporating financial education and other wellness programs into their companys culture, it turns out increasing engagement as well as having the right tools in place is a shared goal among both conventional employers and unique businesses such as the NFL Players Association.
A new study finds a surprisingly high number of chronic diseases are first diagnosed by an eye doctor. Listen in as VSPs Jim McGrann shares the latest statistics on why vision coverage means much more than eye care.
The University of Michigan has been fine-tuning its wellness champion network for over 20 years. Over that time, wellness champs have morphed in number and organizational role, but have always played an important role for helping to develop our culture of health across the University," explains Karen Schmidt, associate director of wellness and health culture at the University of Michigan.
At Oracles first-ever HCM World conference, the technology company demonstrated its commitment to human resources customers, explaining its strategy for Modern HR in the Cloud, which is focused on meeting the needs of employees in a large, dispersed workforce.
Earlier this year, the Surgeon General issued a new report on smoking and health, marking the 50th anniversary of the agencys landmark study announcing scientifically proven links between smoking and lung cancer. As American Heart Month winds down, Peter Goldbach, chief medical officer with Health Dialog, shares how smoking affects employee health and what employers should look for in a smoking cessation program.
A company with a strong culture of health is more likely to have happy, health-conscious employees than those businesses not promoting wellness, according to a new studys findings.
In the opening keynote at health IT conference HIMSS14, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini painted a grim picture of health care in the U.S. that is plagued by inefficiency and waste.
Employers looking to increase productivity should encourage employees to use their paid time off, an Oxford Economics study released Thursday suggests.
With a reported 15% increase in wellness incentive spending within their health care plans, corporate employers have their sights set on improving their workforces overall health in 2014 through wellness programs for both employees and their significant others, according to a new survey from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health.
Copayments and co-insurance fees have increased on average 34% compared with those of the pre-Affordable Care Act individual insurance market, according to the results of a new HealthPocket study released Thursday.
The short-term motivators and health advice typical of wellness programs provide general benefits across an employee population, but people needing sustained weight loss require concentrated behavior change assistance specific to their condition.