Corporate Wellness Articles


Survey: More employers are offering incentives to participate in wellness programs

Employee wellness programs have been shown to provide workers with invaluable information on healthy living and stress management, which can result in reduced healthcare costs. However, they can’t do much good if workers don’t use them. In a survey, human resources firm bswift found that the number of companies offering incentives for participation in wellness […]

Employers may have a hand in preventing childhood obesity

In addition to the fact that overweight or obese children can increase the cost of employee health benefits when a worker has family coverage, the public health issue can also have an impact on the future workforce.The nonprofit organization National Business Group on Health reports that employers can do something now to help encourage families […]

As health benefit costs rise, employers work to offset increases

A recent United Benefit Advisors (UBA) Health Plan Survey revealed that there has been a rise in use of consumer-driven health plans (CDHP) over the past year, and that the cost of such programs has risen by 8 percent over the past year.CDHPs now make up about 23 percent of all insurance plans offered, amounting […]

Employers value emotionally intelligent workers

A study conducted by CareerBuilder has revealed that employers may value emotional intelligence (EI) more than they do IQ scores, citing better stress management skills among these workers as a reason.

Employers cut benefits to compensate for rising costs

People Management magazine recently reported on the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) conference in Las Vegas, where the results of a SHRM survey were released, indicating that companies are cutting benefits in response to rising costs.According to the news source, attendees were in strong agreement with one speaker, who stated that American companies should […]

Employers name wellness incentives as biggest perk of healthcare reform

Come 2014, businesses will be allowed to offer incentives to employees of up to 30 percent of their total healthcare premiums, a 10 percent increase from what is permitted now, and employers appear to be quite pleased.A total of 37 percent of respondents of a Lockton survey reported that the increase in the incentive cap […]

Employers discourage smoking to cut employee healthcare costs

Employee healthcare costs can be steep, and businesses are often looking for ways to cut the budget. Now, companies are beginning to consider requiring employees who smoke to pay larger healthcare premiums. The Washington Post reports that more and more companies are asking smokers to pay more, and some are not hiring smokers at all.The […]

Employers weighing pros and cons of healthcare reform

A recent employer survey conducted by consulting firm Lockton reveals that many organizations are worried about the added administrative costs of the 2014 healthcare reform, but look forward to increased employee wellness initiatives.More than 70 percent of the survey respondents said they have significant concern over how the reform law's “pay or play” mandate will […]

Many employers not prepared for rise in healthcare costs

A Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation study revealed at the end of the last decade that healthcare costs rose 119 percent between 1999 and 2008, a growth rate that significantly surpassed that of inflation and average wages.However, many employers still do not factor rising healthcare costs into their budgets, according to a recent study conducted […]

Canadian employers in need of tracking systems for wellness programs

In a global survey that was conducted by Buck Consultants, researchers found that nearly all Canadian companies have employee wellness programs in place or have plans to implement one, but less than one-quarter have systems to measure the outcomes of such initiatives.The researchers noted that workplace stress is among the top reasons why employers implement […]

Employers should create a culture of safety to avoid workplace accidents

Professor E. Scott Geller at Virginia Polytechnic Institute recently published a paper in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science which suggests that disasters – such as last year's BP oil spill – could be easily prevented if organizations make safety a focus, and workers are encouraged to report accidents, malfunctions or inadequacies.Geller said that […]

Employee health benefits more important than employers think

Healthcare benefits play a big part in employee satisfaction and retention, though many organizations do not see the importance, according to a recent survey conducted by insurance company MetLife.More than three-quarters of employees who say they have good healthcare benefits also report high job satisfaction, and 71 percent of those workers are loyal to their […]

Poor mental health is costly to employers

Research that was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine revealed that absenteeism stemming from mental illness costs the Canadian economy an estimated $51 billion each year.Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) concluded that employees who take short-term disability leave because of mental health issues may cost an organization […]

More employers offering incentives for participation in wellness programs

In a survey conducted by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health, more organizations reported offering incentives or punitive measures to encourage participation in employee wellness programs, according to an article on Compensation.blr.com.Results of the survey show that 62 percent of employers offered cash, gift cards or contributions to health savings accounts to […]

Obesity is costly to U.S. employers

Research that was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reveals that an estimated $73.1 billion has been lost by American companies due to healthcare costs, low productivity and absenteeism stemming from obesity.Duke University researchers measured monetary losses from obesity per employee and found that women with a body mass index (BMI) above […]

Employers hold the key to reducing workplace stress

A study by the American Psychological Association reveals that three quarters of Americans are stressed out, with 70 percent of respondents saying work is the cause of their worries. In addition to providing wellness programs, bosses and managers can take small steps toward a lighter work environment and enhanced employee performance.Employers should be mindful of […]

 

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