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November 2017


Despite our country’s collective efforts to reduce healthcare costs in 2018, U.S. employees will likely see their premiums increase to the highest levels in three years.

In order to manage rising costs, organizations are increasingly asking their employees to share the responsibility and wellness programs have become a popular means of achieving this aim.

Wellness programs encourage employees to take ownership of their health by giving them the tools they need to improve. Effective programs take a carrot approach to motivate with incentives like premium discounts, cash rewards and gym memberships.

A healthier workforce and a culture of wellness can also reduce health-related absenteeism while increasing productivity, performance and engagement, making it a coveted goal for most organizations.

In this month’s At Your Best, we’re covering best practices for wellness programs. Whether your organization is looking to implement a new program or refine your current one, we’ve provided insightful reading that will help you maximize its effectiveness.

Tips to Start an Employee Wellness Program

According to United Healthcare, nearly three-quarters of employees say they’re interested in wellness programs. With all the choices out there, what is the right pick for you? Employee Benefit News covers five things you should consider before making a choice. Read more >

Understanding Why Employees Don’t Participate

Shifting to a culture of health and wellness takes time, but research suggests the ROI is well worth the effort. Understanding why employees don’t participate in wellness programs is the first step
to increase enrollment rates. Harvard Business Review’s survey findings give insights on how to effectively overcome your employees’ objections and barriers. Read more >

Creating a Culture of Health

Ron Goetzel, a senior scientist with John
Hopkins University and principal investigator for the Promoting Healthy Workplaces project,
introduces three companies that have created remarkable wellness programs in this video. Beginning at minute 2:46, Charlie Kim, CEO of Next Jump, talks about the ROI his company has experienced with a healthier workforce.
Watch now >