Tag: Wellness Programs

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Wellness Programs Really Do Work

A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has raised questions about the value of workplace wellness programs.

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Employers Overestimate Impact of Wellness Programs and Incentives on Employees’ Health Behavior

Despite U.S. employers and employees placing a high priority on health and well-being, employees say that employer efforts are falling short of employees’ expectations, according to research from leading global advisory, broking, and solutions company Willis Towers Watson. A majority of employers (56%) believe their well-being programs have encouraged employees to live a healthier lifestyle. […]

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Over 25% of Workers Have Access to Wellness Programs, but 63% Don’t Use Them

A new CareerBuilder survey finds that 56% of the nation’s workforce believe they are overweight, and 45% believe they’ve gained weight at their present job, on par with last year. Twenty-five percent of all workers said they gained more than 10 pounds at their current job; one in 10 (10%) gained more than 20 pounds.

Before Jumping into Wellness Programs, Consider the Pitfalls

Wellness programs sound like a great idea to improve employees’ health status, minimize absenteeism, and generally improve your workplace. Yesterday we looked at some simple ways to introduce wellness programs at your office. However, it’s not all sun salutations and stress breaks. Here are some basic pitfalls that sometimes make a wellness program a little […]

Wellness Programs to Make Your Employees Jump for Joy

Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease, can be devastating for your employees, seriously jeopardizing their health and well-being. Additionally, they can take a toll on your business, resulting in high absenteeism and increased healthcare costs.

Lawsuit aims to stop EEOC’s new wellness rules

New rules governing incentives offered as part of employee wellness programs are now the target of a lawsuit from a large advocacy group representing older Americans.   AARP filed the suit against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., on October 24, arguing that wellness programs can violate employees’ privacy […]

EEOC issues final regs governing wellness

by Sara Anne Quinn Many employers use wellness incentive programs to encourage their employees to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Wellness programs often include questionnaires or health assessments that request employees’ private health information. Although the programs are explicitly allowed under federal laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Affordable […]