With the holidays just around the corner, this is a great time to emphasize healthy eating and exercise messages in your wellness communications. Employee assistance program provider ComPsych recently recognized four employers with its Health at Work awards. Winning companies were selected based on their wellness programs comprehensiveness, delivery, promotion, participation rates and results achieved. Here are the winners. [Images: Shutterstock]
Used to assess and evaluate changes in employee health, biometric health screenings are a crucial component of a comprehensive worksite health program. As a result, biometric health screenings are increasing in popularity and are being implemented by more and more employers.
Tailoring health goals, as well as the resources and programs employees use to achieve them, is the key to creating long-lasting behavior change, says one expert.
As another flu season approaches, employers may be questioning the legality of requiring their employees to get a flu vaccination. While a different set of considerations come into play when a hospital is assessing how to implement a flu vaccine policy, nonhospital employers also have business needs and health concerns that may make them want to consider a mandatory flu vaccine policy. Here are five dos and three donts from law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath on what employers should consider. [Images: Shutterstock]
The number of people who died in hospitals as a result of medical mistakes is approaching half a million, according to Patient Safety America. Medical mistakes not only cost lives and misery but billions of dollars in extra costs, most of which is paid by employers.
Nearly one in five doesn't even know if their company has a wellness program. Are your workers entirely ignorant of your offerings?
What I really believe is that no company in the corporate wellness space is truly taking advantage of the power of mobile technology to build mobile-first wellness programs for employees and corporations, says Dr. Rajiv Kumar, ShapeUps founder and CEO.
If people with chronic conditions only spend about an hour a year with their physician, how can they stay adherent with medication and their disease education for the 8,759 hours theyre outside the doctors office? The most promising answer is through mobile devices.
The majority of employers questioned by the NEBGH cite employees poor health habits as one of their top three obstacles to maintaining affordable health coverage.
The flu costs businesses approximately $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and out-patient visits for adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to encouraging workers to get immunized, employers can further minimize employee sick days and slow the spread of illness by communicating best practices in wellness and nutrition. Share these six preventive tips from Dr. Bruce Underwood, a certified nutrition and preventive care specialist with Healthy Futures, Inc., to keep workers and their families healthy this season. [Images: Shutterstock]
The lowly pedometer has become a cornerstone of wellness programs, providing a range of real data to help employees lose weight and get more active.
A growing range of cost transparency tools are attempting to help employees make better health care decisions.
Employers may be shifting too quickly to outcomes-based wellness programs.
The allure of lower premiums and higher consumer engagement is powerful, but it may not work in the end.
Aid program provides one-time financial help to employees in need.