Health & Well-Being
In recent years, companies have been inundated with a variety of wellness/well-being programs that sound great. But the lingering question is, “Do these programs really create a healthier, more engaged workforce and reduce medical spend? Or are they just a way to check a box, so you can say you offer one, too. Maybe you’ve installed a wellness/well-being program and are ready to reassess its value. Perhaps, you feel pressured to implement a program, because so many other employers have done it. Our goal is to help you identify what works, what is a waste of money, and determine an evidence-based, pragmatic path forward that makes sense.
Companies select and implement wellness/well-being programs, but they often see programs fail. Initially, employees may be enthusiastic and participation is high, but typically that’s short-lived. Programs can be expensive and time-consuming. If they have no meaningful return on investment and do not improve employee’s health, then why do them?
Even worse, programs may do more harm than good. Short term fixes, such as weight-loss competitions can encourage people to lose weight quickly in an unhealthy manner, with the weight only to be regained. Yo-yo dieting is known to be unhealthy, so why encourage it in your workplace? We have also seen companies encourage employees to do excessive health screenings which are not in line with the clinical guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Task force. This can result in unnecessary costs and incidental diagnoses that create unneeded stress and costs when no underlying issues requiring treatment exist. Do we really need to subject employees to such anxiety
Are you frustrated with your current program or considering launching one, but unsure if it’s worthwhile? Let’s discuss your reasons for having a wellness/well-being program, look at the evidence, and determine the RIGHT approach for improving the health of your workforce.