‘Workplace Wellness’ fails bottom line, waistlines

Rand Corp's report on workplace well-being– a 6 billion dollar industry– casts a doubt on the effectiveness of employee wellness programs.  Keith Lemer, president of Wellnet, says it takes "senior level support and a high degree of employee engagement in healthy behaviors" for wellness programs to truly work.     Although the report found that

Rand Corp's report on workplace well-being– a 6 billion dollar industry– casts a doubt on the effectiveness of employee wellness programs.  Keith Lemer, president of Wellnet, says it takes "senior level support and a high degree of employee engagement in healthy behaviors" for wellness programs to truly work.  

 

Although the report found that workplace wellness programs didn't save a significant amount of money, it did find that healthcare costs rose more slowly for employees who participated in programs than for employees who did not participate.  There was still hope "that a reduction in direct medical costs would materialize if employees continued to participate."

Lifescript/ Reuters, 5/28/2013

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