Wellness programs Some people believe that a provided wellness program offered from the company can help benefit an employees physical health. But some sources say that Wellness programs are a waste of time.


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Why do companies provide a wellness program for their employees?

Whereas some companies today don’t offer a wellness program, some companies do provide a wellness program for their employees because they want to keep them healthy and in shape. In fact, a survey conducted by HealthMine states that, “ 62% said their wellness program helped them lower their healthcare costs 38% said their wellness program helped them take fewer sick days”(Valet, 2). This shows how employees are taking benefit of the provided program that was offered to them. The employees are starting to participate 100% in a program so they can decrease their health care cost and take fewer sick days off. A wellness program doesn’t include one program, but consists of multiple programs. “Those offered the program were randomly split into six groups. All were offered a biometric screening, a health assessment and various services and classes, such as chronic disease management, tai chi and a fitness challenge”(Greenfield, 2). Having multiple programs/groups can help benefit an employee that is participating because it helps them improve their physical health, as well as learning different things about their health. Companies that provide a wellness program for their employees is considered a benefit, but it does take time to improve the physical and mental health.

Do wellness programs improve the physical body and mental health?

Company wellness programs have been an ongoing trend in the past few years, and employers have been investing in these programs to help keep their employees in shape. But it has never been proven that wellness programs actually improve a person's physical and mental health. According to a review published by the American journal of managed care, they state that, “Wellness programs don’t save money and, with few exception, do not appreciable improve health. This is often because additional health screenings built into the programs encourage overuse of unnecessary care, pushing spending higher.” The review basically says that wellness programs don’t improve the health of a person at all, but is used to promote spending into the programs. In fact, wellness programs due however improve the physical body over a longer period of time, according to a study done by the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. “Some studies have found that wellness programs can take around three years to yield any benefits; the researchers in the University of Illinois analysis tracked savings for only a year, though they plan to keep tracking for four. "It is possible that effects will emerge in the long run," says David Molitor, another researcher on the study. This study is really important because it helps the people participating in a wellness program about the end results. Some People that participate in a wellness program are unsure if it is improving their health or not now know that improvement will happy in the future, but not happen overnight. Due to this study, they now know that the wellness programs do help improve their health, but it will take some time to see the outcomes. Wellness programs are aimed at all employees to help them get in shape, but there are different types of people who tend to take advantage of this opportunity.

What type of people tend to take advantage of the Wellness program?

More and more companies today are offering and providing wellness programs to their employees to help benefit their health. In fact, a study done by University of Chicago Harris school of Public policy, states that, “It turns out that those most likely to take advantage of their employer's wellness offerings are healthy people who don't spend a lot on health care, and employees with the highest health-care costs are the least likely to participate,” says professor Damon Jones, the lead researcher of this study. This is basically telling us that the people who want to be healthy and spend less on healthcare costs, are the ones that will take advantage of using the wellness programs provided. While the people who don’t really care about being healthy are willing to spend more on healthcare cost, are the ones who tend to not take advantage of it. There are some people that do participate in the program, but do not put enough effort into it. However, a recent wellness checkup done by Unitedhealthcare consumer study, states that, “It was found that 63% of employees are unwilling to devote more than an hour a day to improve their health and well-being”(Kohll). This tells us that people do know about wellness programs, but they aren’t taking advantage of it. They either don’t know the outcomes of a wellness program or they just don’t care about improving their health. Either way, the people who want to stay fit and healthy tend to make use of the wellness program. The purpose of a wellness program is to give employees a chance to improve their health and productivity, but there have been little evidence that these programs don't actually improve the health or productivity.

Have the employees that participated in the Wellness Programs shown any improvement in their health or productivity?

Employees that have participated in the wellness programs, have shown an increase in their health and have been shown to work more hours than they usually do. According to the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence, David W Baller, the director of the organization, states that, “AT&T employees improved their heart health by losing 40,000 pounds and logging 2 million miles during a competition where individuals and groups competed to see who could lose the most weight, stop smoking, and get healthier.” This research done by the organization proves that wellness programs do work when given time. It shows how the employees are improving and getting healthier when they’re doing something that benefits their health. Additionally, wellness programs have aided employees at work by making them more productive at work. According to a survey done by the Kaiser Family foundation, they state that , “81% of employees that have participated in the provided wellness programs have favorably impacted their productivity.” This survey shows people who have participated in the the wellness program and how they have benefitted from it. This is a benefit because it has helped employees work harder, as well as work more hours, and taking less sick days. Wellness programs have been around for the last few years, but people aren't sure if wellness programs are gonna continue to grow in the future.

Will the popularity of wellness programs continue to grow in the future?

Wellness programs a few years back were not that popular, until employers started noticing that the workforce were becoming less productive and very obese. Today, the wellness programs have shown to be a huge benefit to companies and will continue to grow as companies invest in. In fact, a study done by the Society for Human Resource Management, states that, “70 percent of U.S. employers now offer some kind of employee wellness program, up from 58 percent in 2008.” This shows how far wellness programs have come today. Companies a few years back never provided them for their employees and according to the statistics, it is here to stay. The wellness programs are here to stay because they provide employees with an opportunity to help improve their health while they’re in the workforce. In addition, wellness programs aren’t going anywhere. According to, Evren Esen, who is the director of Society For Human Resource Management, she states that, “Organizations have been toying with wellness over the past five to seven years. Time has passed, and research shows wellness programs really do make a difference in reducing overall health care costs, says Esen”(Valet, 5). This proves how wellness programs weren’t that big a few years ago and now companies are provide them to their employees. This also shows how a provided wellness program can help benefit a participating employees health while in the workforce, as well as reducing the employees health care costs. With more and more companies providing a wellness program, it tends to create competition.

Works Cited

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Greenfield, Rebecca. “Workplace wellness programs don't work for you or your company.”Chicagotribune.com, 26 Jan. 2018, www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-workplace-wellness-programs-20180126-story.html?scrlybrkr=fbb71685.

Geis, Alice. “It's open enrollment time - workplace wellness program could be making you sick.”TheHill, 29 Nov. 2017, thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/362331-its-open-enrollment-time-workplace-wellness-program-could-be-making-you?scrlybrkr=96efb4c6.

"62% of Wellness Participants Say Everyone should Enroll in Wellness: HealthMine Survey." PR Newswire, Jun 05, 2016, Global Newsstream, https://search.proquest.com/docview/1793821583?accountid=42214.

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