Predict ROI

Have you ever watched a young child pick up a full glass of punch and start walking? The outcome is inevitable…there will be punch on the carpet. How can you know what the outcome will be?  After all, this may be the first time you’ve ever watched this child handle punch and, yet, somehow you know what is going to happen. The outcome is predictable because we’ve…

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To be effective, a wellness program should do two things well. First, it should help improve the health of all employees, especially those with elevated health risks. Second, it should help the healthy employees stay healthy. When these two things happen, there is a reduction in the cost of employee health care, and improvements in both productivity and morale. But all of this is easier said than…

small business wellness

In 2011, I published one of the first research papers that demonstrated how small business wellness can impact the health of employees working in a small business. The wellness program offered at Lincoln Industries was evaluated for three years. During that time, employees were able to significantly reduce systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and improve flexibility. Despite having just 440 workers, nearly all Lincoln Industries employees participated in the wellness…

Brokers do wellness

Large corporations have been doing workplace wellness for decades. Small and medium-sized companies have started offering workplace wellness programs more recently. The most recent RAND Employer Survey reveals how roughly half of small and medium sized companies still do not offer any wellness services. But even these data overestimate the prevalence of wellness programs since the survey classified wellness program participation as "at least one phone or email contact with…

Wellness beats SP

Workplace wellness programs appear to have a massive financial benefit that has just been discovered. Publicly traded companies that have award winning wellness programs out-perform the stock market by a huge margin. Three studies that are hot off the press demonstrate that publicly traded companies with best-in-class workplace wellness programs have better stock valuations than the Standard and Poor's stock index. A portfolio comprised of award winning…

Remember the goal in all of this is to help employees change behavior which is more likely to occur when the environment and policy support it. This model that Dr. Odonnell has called the AMSO model, identifies 4 main factors that should be included as we design our wellness programs. the AMSO model is the basis for everything we do at wellsteps. FYI, the percentages represent the…

worksite wellness presenteeism

Poor employee productivity can be defined as physically being at work but not working.  This type of poor productivity is called presenteeism. It is estimated that the cost associated with presenteeism due to poor employee health is at least 2 to 3 times greater than direct health care expenses. While the estimated cost of presenteeism dwarfs the cost of health care, it does not receive the same level…

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  Three Years of Worksite Wellness For three years a school district implemented a comprehensive worksite wellness strategy. This blog summarizes the research that shows how elevated health risks were reduced and medical costs lowered and is based entirely on peer-reviewed, scientific evidence. The Worksite For the three years prior to the implementation of a worksite wellness program, (between 2009 and 2011), the 3,269 employees of large school…

medical costs

Elevated healthcare costs are the biggest single risk most employers face.  As the cost of health care continues to rise, profits are weakened and employers must decide how they will keep their businesses running while continuing to provide healthcare coverage for their employees.  This requires employers to implement many different cost containment strategies such as offering high deductible health care plans, changing insurance carriers, reducing benefits, cost…

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The health and chronic disease prevention centers of America are now America's worksites. There's not a single group in America that does more to promote health and improve the health behaviors of our population than worksites. Our current medical system is a disease treatment system.  It was created to treat, not prevent, arrest, or reverse health conditions. If you do have disease or existing health problems, the…

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