How to make corporate wellness work

  • Article by: ROSIE WARD
  • Updated: October 31, 2010 - 3:39 PM

Try moving those company programs beyond fruits, veggies and pedometers toward overall well-being.

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mngrrrlNov. 1, 10 9:34 PM

Employer-based wellness programs aren't about the employee; they're about reducing the employer's health insurance costs - no ifs, ands or big butts. Those pedometers and lunch-time power walks are ways to show the insurer that the employer is taking steps (pun intended) to lower behavior-based risk. Pah! I only participate when I can't stand the hang-dog look on the perky little wellness cheerleader. Go team! Go away!

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krisswNov. 2, 10 3:36 PM

I worked for a large corporation that ran a wellness program. Somehow, none of the offerings of the program were available to everyone. Many large ticket items like health club memberships required a co-pay the less well paid employees could not afford. The people running the gym in the building would ask non-executives to get a form filled out by their doctors, and the forms contained assertions no doctor would sign on. What did non-executives get? The company had a one page hand out of health advice they gave to everyone. Not very impressive.

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