Wearable fitness devices may be gaining ground but at least one benefits professional expresses doubts about their viability in workplace wellness programs.
When the public exchanges were first envisioned, some industry analysts thought most employers eventually would head for the exits on financing health benefits and simply steer their employees into the nascent online marketplace. That hasnt happened, of course, and its far too early in the HIX rollout to expect any meaningful change to occur.
Complying with the Affordable Care Acts employer shared responsibility rules could add up for employers. Here are five strategies to recommend to your clients today, according to consulting firm Mercer. [Photos: ThinkStock]
Many wellness models are based on mythology. Myths like all plans should have disease management, or everyone needs to work on heart disease prevention. How to get past the noise and on to effective interventions? Look closely at your own group its people, its illnesses, and its work environment.
Everyone who has pursued a traditional employee weight loss program knows that results can be unpredictable. Usually, enough employees succeed in losing weight to give the program value. The problem is they often gain it back. While programs are going in the right direction, clearly there is room for improvement.
Biometric screenings and health risk assessments are the foundation of many corporate wellness programs. But there can be additional costs associated with onsite biometric screening events beyond the per employee price that employers need to be aware of.
Companies may make costly mistakes by not asking the right questions of their wellness providers, says Alan Kohll, founder and CEO of TotalWellness. He recommends employers ask the following six questions of onsite biometric screening providers:
As the use of cloud computing and mobile devices continues to make remote work more convenient than ever, the number of employees that telecommute multiple days per week increased almost 80% from 2005 to 2012, according GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. Here are the most popular jobs offering telecommuting possibilities, according to FlexJobs.
Health and wellness programs are virtually meaningless if a workplace culture is bad, according to Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Universitys graduate school of business. Speaking during the annual Great Place to Work conference in New Orleans, Pfeffer said that unhealthy workplaces can cause up to 125,000 employee deaths each year and add up to $130 billion in excess annual company costs.
Enlivening your staff and companys workplace culture can be as simple and sustainable as committing random acts of kindness.
Sean Sullivan, president and CEO of the Institute of Health & Productivity Management, encourages employers to broaden the definition of wellness to include more than just clinical risk factors.
In analyzing ways to contain ever-escalating health care costs, many employers are seeing tangible returns from wellness programs but continuing to place the blame on employees and their bad health habits for much of those rising costs.
Tobacco, food choices and portion size, physical inactivity and unmanaged stress are the four major lifestyle choices that account for the majority of chronic disease in the U.S., said Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, this week at the Institute for Health and Productivity Management annual conference
Commentary: Help time-crunched employers make the right decision.
A community with high well-being is one where citizens and employees are satisfied with their lifestyle and overall health. In this years Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, top honors go to Provo-Orem, Utah.
With more employers moving to consumer-driven health care plans and shifting more responsibility for health care and health risks on to workers, are wellness programs still relevant? Health leaders from IBM and Johnson & Johnson addressed that very question during the Institute for Health & Productivity Managements annual global conference held in Orlando.