I’m still thinking about that Business Week article I posted about earlier this week…I really do think it is short sighted to dismiss the usefulness of wellness programs, based on the review of a single program that took place 10 years ago.
A quick look around today found the following from SHRM, citing two recent publications, both supporting the opposite view. See what you think!
A study in the Jan/Feb issue of “The American Journal of Health Promotion” concludes that wellness and prevention programs do make a difference…Engaged participants can reduce their costs. The key here is “engaged participants.”
Another highlight is a Harvard study, published in the February issue of the journal “Health Affairs.” The study, “Workplace Wellness Can Generate Savings,” focuses on specific case studies. Their indications are “a positive return on investment (ROI) from employer-sponsored wellness programs.” It may take some time to get there, but it does happen.
Not an overnight fix, and you need buy in from your employees, but employer sponsoered wellness plans can make a difference.