WHAT IS CORPORATE WELLNESS?

With escalating health care costs more and more companies are looking for ways to reduce the impact on both their business and their employees’ costs, and increasing evidence supports the positive effect workplace wellness programs can have on company culture, the health of the employees, and overall performance. But what is corporate wellness exactly?

The short answer is that corporate wellness is a series of initiatives to

  • improve your employees’ health,
  • decrease medical expenditures, and
  • lower insurance premiums

while

  • driving performance (improving productivity),
  • mitigating loss (absenteeism),
  • boosting retention (enhance work environment/culture), and
  • increasing revenue (recoup of preventable expenses)

How all of this is accomplished is what differentiates between a good provider and a great one. I believe in the answer lies in innovative, dynamic wellness programs that are

  1. simple to implement – whether this is your first wellness initiative or your 100th, a program should be uncomplicated, and effortless to launch and run.
  2. based on solid, scientific principles – growing research shows the value and impact that knowledge can have on employees’ behaviors and decision making.
  3. engaging and enjoyable to experience – all the information and teaching in the world does no good if it isn’t inviting, inspiring, and interesting.
  4. scalable and measurable – the ideal program expands or contracts, not only as your employee base does, but also as your business demands by following the data trends that highlight areas of success and areas requiring more focus.
  5. built 100% with your business and your employees in mind – it doesn’t matter if your company is large or small, whether you operate from a single location or you do business all over the world, in the sky or on the ground, if your budget is tight or more open, together we can create the right solution for your needs, at the right price.

IS CORPORATE WELLNESS RIGHT FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

Corporate Wellness

Take the next step toward your elevating your benefits package and contact me today to start creating your personalized wellness program. 

Financial Benefits:
Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings. Katherine Baicker; David Cutler; Zirui Song. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0626

A Simple Method to Estimate the Impact of a Workplace Wellness Program on Absenteeism Cost. Kristina M. Rabarison, DrPH, MS; Jason E. Lang, MPH, MS; Connie L. Bish, PhD, MPH; Melissa Bird; Mehran S. Massoudi, PhD, MPH. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5724963/

Absenteeism and Employer Costs Associated with Chronic Diseases and Health Risk Factors in the US Workforce. Garrett R. Beeler Asay, PhD; Kakoli Roy, PhD; Jason E. Lang, MPH, MS; Rebecca L. Payne, MPH; David H. Howard, PhD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5055401/

The Impact of Personalized Preventive Care on Health Care Quality, Utilization, and Expenditures. Shirley Musich, PhD; Shaohung Wang, PhD; Kevin Hawkins, PhD; Andrea Klemes, DO, FACE. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5296930/

Placing Workplace Wellness in Proper Context: Value Beyond Money. Nicolaas P. Pronk, PhD, MA. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4093978/

Cost-effectiveness of Primary Care Intervention to Treat Obesity. Adam G. Tsai; Thomas A. Wadden; Sheri Volger; David B. Sarwer; Marion Vetter; Shiriki Kumanyika; Robert I. Berkowitz; Lisa Diewald; Joanna Perez; Jeffrey Lavenberg; Eva R. Panigrahi; Henry A. Glick. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3786743/

Cost-effectiveness of health risk reduction after lifestyle education in the small workplace. Allen JC; Lewis JB; Tagliaferro AR. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22575081

Nearly 3 in 4 Employers Affected by a Bad Hire, According to a Recent CareerBuilder Survey. Cision PR Newswire. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nearly-three-in-four-employers-affected-by-a-bad-hire-according-to-a-recent-careerbuilder-survey-300567056.html

Health Data & Outcomes:
Participation and cardiovascular risk reduction in a voluntary worksite nutrition and physical activity program. Thorndike AN; Healey E; Sonnenberg L; Regan S. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21130804

Prevention of Weight Gain Following a Worksite Nutrition and Exercise Program. Anne N. Thorndike, MD, MPH; Lillian Sonnenberg, DSc

Workplace Interventions to Reduce Obesity and Cardiometabolic Risk. Anne N. Thorndike. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3374841/

New CDC report: More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html

Workplace Health Promotion: Using the Workplace to Improve the Nation’s Health. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/pdf/2015/aag-workplace-health.pdf

A Systematic Review of Internet-Based Worksite Wellness Approaches for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management: Outcomes, Challenges & Opportunities. Ehimen C. Aneni; Laura L. Roberson; Wasim Maziak; Arthur S. Agatson; Theodore Feldman; Maribeth Rouseff; Thinh H. Tran; Roger S. Blumenthal; Micheal J. Blaha; Ron Blankenstein; Mouaz H. Al-Mallah; Matthew J. Budoff; Khurram Nasir. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3885454/

Outcomes and Utilization of a Low Intensity Workplace Weight Loss Program. Kelly M. Carpenter; Jennifer C. Lovejoy; Jane M. Lange; Jenny E. Hapgood; Susan M. Zbikowski. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3941961/

Improving Employee Health: Evaluation of a Worksite Lifestyle Change Program to Decrease Risk Factors for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. M Kramer, DrPH; D Molenaar, MD; V Arena, PhD; E Vendetti, PhD; R Meehan, MS, RD, LDN; R Miller, MS; K Vanderwood, PhD; Y Eaglehouse, MS; Andrea M Kriska, PhD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4351781/

Health Behavior Knowledge and Self-efficacy as Predictors of Body Weight. Pouran Faghri; Jennifer Buden. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4672365/
Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/adult_data/cig_smoking/index.htm

Impact of a Workplace Health Promotion Program on Employees’ Blood Pressure in a Public University. J. Y. Eng; F. M. Moy; A. Bulgiba. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4739732/

Impact of Exercise and Education in Adults of Lubbock, Texas: Implications for Better Lifestyle. Annette N. Boles; Hafiz Khan; Taylor A. Lenzmeier; Veronica A. Molinar-Lopez; James C. Ament; Kate L. TeBrink, Kathleen Stonum; Ruben M. Gonzalez; P. Hemachandra Reddy. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4861719/

Physical activity and unplanned illness-related work absenteeism: Data from an employee wellness program. Elena Losina; Heidi Yang; Bhushan R. Deshpande; Jeffrey N. Katz; Jamie E. Collins. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5417546/

Productivity Benefits:
Exploring the Value Proposition for Workforce Health. HERO HPP Business Leader Survey Report. https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/benefits/Documents/HPP-Business-Leader-Survey-Full-Report_FINAL.pdf

Doing Well by Making Well: The Impact of Corporate Wellness Programs on Employee Productivity. Timothy Gubler; Ian Larkin; Lamar Pierce. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/ab7728_753eec199fab4786979d476606bcce60.pdf

Programming:
Why People Do – and Don’t – Participate in Wellness Programs. Sean McManamy. https://hbr.org/2016/10/why-people-do-and-dont-participate-in-wellness-programs

Mixed methods analysis of eighteen worksite policies, programs, and environments for physical activity. J. Aaron Hipp; Elizabeth A. Dodson; Jung Ae Lee; Christine M. Marx; Lin Yang; Rachel G. Tabak; Christine Hoehner; Oriol Marquet; Ross Brownson. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5471708/

Does Implementation Follow Design? A Case Sstudy of a Workplace Health Promotion Program Using the 4-S Program Design and the PIPE Impact Metric Evaluation Models. Antti Hermanni Aikas, MPEd; Nicolaas P. Pronk, PhD; Mirja Hannele Hirvensalo, PhD; Pilvikki Absetz, PhD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5540356/

Workplace Health Program Definition and Description. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/pdf/workplace-health-program-definition-and-description.pdf

Workplace Wellness Programs: Services Offered, Participation, and Incentives. Soeren Mattke; Kandice Kapinos; John P. Caloyeras; Erin Audrey Taylor; Benjamin Batorsky; Hangsheng Liu; Kristin R. Van Busum; Sydne Newberry. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5158287/

Workplace Wellness Programs Study: Final Report. Soeren Mattke; Hangsheng Liu; John P. Caloyeras; Christina Huang; Kristin R. Van Busum; Dmitry Khodyakov; Victoria Shier. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4945172/

Which worksite supports for healthy weight do employees use? Rachel G. Tabak; J. Aaron Hipp; Christine M. Marx; Lin Yang; Ross C. Brownson. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4767399/

Partnering for Prevention With Workplace Health Promotion Programs. Leonard L. Berry, PhD; Ann M. Mirabito, PhD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068893/

Wellness Programs on the Rise. Amy Rossi. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2873731/

Perspectives on workplace health promotion among employees in low-wage industries. Kristen Hammerback, MA; Peggy A. Hannon, PhD, MPH; Jeffrey R. Harris, MD, MPH, MBA; Catherine Clegg-Thorp, MPH; Marlana Kohn, MPH; Amanda Parrish, MA. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5070972/

Implementation of a Worksite Wellness Program Targeting Small Businessess. Lee S. Newman, MD, MA; Kaylan E. Stinson, MSPH, Dianne Metcalf, MD, PhD; Hai Fang, PhD, MPH; Claire vS. Brockbank, MS, Kimberly Jinnett, PhD, MSPH; Stephen Reynolds, PhD; Margo Trotter, RN, BScN, MHSc; Roxana Witter, MD, MSPH; Liliana Tenney, MPH; Adam Atherly, PhD; Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4274320/

Worksite Food and Physical Activity Environments and Wellness Supports Reported by Employed Adults in the United States, 2013. Onufrak SJ; Watson KB; Kimmons J; Pan L; Khan LK; Lee-Kwan SH; Park S. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27597795

Job Satisfaction & Work Culture Benefits:

Do work relationships matter? Characteristics of workplace interactions that enhance or detract from employee perceptions of well-being and health behaviors. Karen Mastroianni; Julia Storberg-Walker. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4346030/

Measuring Worksite Wellness. Aflac. http://www.aflac_workforces_report/2013/measuring_worksite_wellness.aspx

Are Your Star Employees Slipping Away? Jim Harter; Amy Adkins. http://news.gallup.com/businessjournal/204248/star-employees-slipping-away.aspx

Willis Towers Watson annual surveys find U.S. employers and employees embracing the marketplace experience for benefits. Willis Towers Watson. https://www.willistowerswatson.com/en/press/2017/06/wtw-surveys-find-us-employers-and-employees-embracing-marketplace-experience-for-benefits

Global Workplace Wellness: Healthy Employees, Healthy Business. Workplace Wellness Alliance (WPWA). https://benefittrends.metlife.com/media/1215/ihpm_metlife_global-workplace-wellness.pdf

U.S. employees’ financial well-being falters, Willis Towers Watson survey finds. Willis Towers Watson. https://www.willistowerswatson.com/en/press/2017/11/us-employees-financial-well-being-falters

Thinking Flexibly About Flexible Work Arrangements. Annamarie Mann; Bailey Nelson. http://news.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/223304/thinking-flexibly-flexible-work-arrangements.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_content=morelink&utm_campaign=syndication

The Majority of American Office Workers Believe Their Workspace Negatively Impacts Their Wellbeing. Thomsons Online Benefits. https://www.thomsons.com/press-releases/the-majority-of-american-office-workers-believe-their-workspace-negatively-impacts-their-wellbeing/

Businessolver Workplace Empathy Monitor. https://www.businessolver.com/Empathy

The Employee Burnout Crisis: Study Reveals Big Workplace Challenge in 2017. Kronos. https://www.kronos.com/about-us/newsroom/employee-burnout-crisis-study-reveals-big-workplace-challenge-2017

Talent Shortages Forcing Employers To Change Hiring Tactics: Roughly 2 in 3 CFOs Experiencing Recruiting Difficulties. Robert Half. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/talent-shortages-forcing-employers-to-change-hiring-tactics-300576778.html

Readiness:
Development and pilot-test of the Workplace Readiness Questionaire, a theory-based instrument to measure small workplaces’ readiness to implement wellness programs. Peggy A. Hannon; Christian D. Helfrich; K. Gary Chan; Claire L. Allen; Kristen Hammerback; Marlana J. Kohn; Amanda T. Parrish; Bryan J. Weiner; Jeffrey R. Harris. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4805519/