Reinventing 2017 Wellness Programs

A new thing that employers are being encouraged to include in their budgets is corporate wellness programs. With answers from the experts, many companies may find it beneficial to include such programs into their employee benefits.

Q: Is it worth investing in Corporate Wellness programs?

A: According to Nick Patel, Founder and President of Wellable, companies should invest in wellness programs, but they should use their good sense of judgment in what types they include, opting for those that will have high returns, like a boost in productivity.

Q: What parts of established health programs are not addressing certain things well?

A: Laura Moreno, the host of the Growth Hacking podcast, says ignorance is where companies fail. Not knowing about the right programs to implement can actually hurt a company more than help. There are tools available to employers that offer analytics on such issues.

Q: What are other interesting wellness initiatives?

A: Some examples of expert recommendations include a “cycle to work day”, “No Lift (Elevator) Day” to help burn fats, and “15 Minutes Meditation” every Friday are among some popular programs.

The partners of WorkSTEPS offer a variety of assistance to both employers of new and old hires, as well as employees that have been newly hired or are looking to become hired. For more information about our services, especially wellness services, call us today at (512) 617-4100.

HealthMine reports large gaps in aid given to their consumer base

On September 12, 2016, HealthMine Wellness Program Survey released the results of a survey done among 750 insured consumers. Their findings supported concerns about how inclusive the programs actually are.

Some of the most used program offerings are Health Risk Assessments, fitness subsidies and challenges, and nutrition and healthy eating—each with more than 50% participation—but most plans do not include programs to stop smoking, despite a high number of users having smoked. Cancer screenings remain unavailable in a shocking three-fourths of all programs and while nearly half of all participants report having other chronic illnesses, only 15% actually say their programs help them manage those illnesses.

Nowhere near even half of all users attend their program once a week while a whopping 25% say that they go less than three times in a year; this might be attributed to the lack of incentive in over half of the programs and a lack of price comparison in another 29%.

On the better side, however, 62% of respondents claimed that their program helped them to save money, 38% took fewer sick days, and another 33% felt more productive at work.

As of September 12, 2016, results of survey done by HealthMine Wellness Program Survey among 750 insured consumers:

“The promise of wellness programs is to improve health outcomes and lower costs one member at a time,” Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine said in response to the survey results, “But to deliver on that promise, plan sponsors must use clinical data to close gaps in care.”

One service offered by the WorkSTEPS team are wellness programs created with individual health coaching in mind. Contact us at (512) 617-4100 today for more information.

Four Advantages of Workplace Wellness Programs

Far too many businesses these days neglect the long-term vision for a healthy workplace. Typically, they just provide company-assigned medical professionals once an employee becomes injured or ill. In truth, exerting time and effort in making the workplace healthier in simple ways can go a long way. According to Nolo, the advantages of administering workplace wellness programs (healthy food options, exercise equipments, etc.) include the following:

  • Fewer Absences – It seems quite obvious, but employees who are healthy miss fewer days of work, as they are less likely to use allotted sick days.
  • Increased Productivity – The workplace tends to be more attentive and functional when employees are healthier.
  • Decrease in Health Care Costs – Healthy employees mean less chances of getting sick or injured, and in many ways, it can help your company reduce the cost of health insurance.
  • Overall Payoff – Spending and exerting effort on wellness programs will help the company organically liven and make their employees healthier in the long run.

If your company is looking to incorporate safety programs, wellness programs, and/or employment testing, our experts at WorkSTEPS have carefully designed, effective systems that will suit your business needs. Call our office today at (512) 617-4100 to learn more.