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Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work?

Wellness ProgramsWhen it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sometimes it’s necessary to have a little motivation, such as paying less for your medical expenses. Many employers are utilizing their own wellness programs to encourage employees to stay on top of their health. But how effective are these wellness programs? Are they truly helping in eliminating costs for employees? Can they be a help or a hindrance?

Workplace Wellness Programs That Work

One of the most popular programs was created by grocery store company, Safeway. Its Health Measures program evaluates employees’ health based on four types of criteria: weight, tobacco use, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

If they perform well in all four categories, then the employees can receive a reduction up to $780 (individual) and up to $1,560 (family) on their annual premiums. According to Steven A. Burd, Safeway’s chief company executive, this program helped keep employees’ health costs low while other companies struggled to do the same. In 2009, he said other companies’ health care costs actually increased by 40 percent.

The success of this program led to U.S. President Barack Obama’s addition of the “Safeway amendment” to his health care reform law. This allows employers to use 30 percent of their employees’ health care costs to create wellness programs in 2014.

Though the Safeway wellness program is optional for employees, other companies are not as accommodating. CVS Pharmacy, for example, requires its employees to turn in a medical exam or risk paying a $600 fine. Scotts-Miracle Gro, on the other hand, restricts all employees from smoking during and after work hours.

As for the effectiveness of these programs, a 2010 report, consisting of 36 individual studies, indicated that employers save six dollars for every dollar spent on health care. In fact, researchers found employers saved approximately $3.27 in medical costs and an extra $2.73 thanks to less sick days taken.


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  1. November 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Very informative on these little programs. It’s nice to know that other people think about these programs and their effectiveness.

  2. November 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Health programs do work if you allow them time to expand. If you have leaders, and groups committed to helping employees, there should be a good development of the process. Increase awareness and make it fun, and rewarding.

  3. November 6, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I love the idea of a workplace wellness program. Encouraging healthy lifestyles for your employees and company as a whole is going to have a positive effect on your business. People are sick less and the healthier you are the better you feel. When you feel better, you are more likely to perform better. By giving them incentives for being healthy, this would drive them to lead a healthy lifestyle and reflect the same for your company.

  4. November 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    When workers stick together and provide support, great things can be accomplished. I’ve seen everything from quitting smoking, to losing weight. Support is very helpful.

  5. November 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    As long as there is support along with the system it has the possibility to be successful. As long as you can create a rewarding and fun atmosphere, most of these types of programs can benefit many employees.

  6. November 6, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    You should always make sure that you’re going to have a large group of people participating in these programs. Support should always be there, and you should want the groups to be fun and rewarding.

  7. November 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I think encouragement and opportunities for your employees to lead healthier lives or make healthier decisions will get better results than making it mandatory or enforcing fines.

  8. November 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Employees should have a couple options for a wellness program. The more options the better and more engaging they will be.

  9. November 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Wellness programs have become very popular in most major companies. It allows people to get rewarded for their efforts at a healthier life.

  10. November 13, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Always enjoy hearing about companies and their dedication to make a healthier workplace.

  11. November 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I think its great that companies want to make it their employees healthier but I don’t think they should try to enforce their own ideals on employees who work there.

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