As the Champion for our Wellbeing initiative, Advancing Our Own Wellness, I recently reviewed the aggregate data for our annual personal health assessment.
In our action plans we like to use the latest technology, testing it before we recommend new programs to our clients. For most any program we think, "Surely, there's an app for that!" But this time we weren't so sure...
I feel like I am sliding into home plate as I settled into my chair. The meeting has already begun. I am rushing from my last meeting with barely time to take a bio break. I need a moment to switch gears, to get my thoughts prepared for the conversation for which I am physically present but not quite “in the room” yet.
Once I catch my breath, and I engage in the conversation, I notice that my mind is wandering. Random thoughts are running through my head. Did I remember to mail the mortgage payment? What time am I supposed to be at the event this evening? I feel the urge to reach for my cell phone. I’m finding I’m distracted by these thoughts and lose track of the conversation.
|Most wellness programs are designed while looking through the lens of money. Who are the most expensive employees? What can we do to change those employees so they will cost less? What you get when this is your focus is policies that charge overweight, tobacco-using employees more money for health insurance than their slender, healthier counterparts and all but forces these individuals into programs that they may or may not be ready for or even interested in participating in.|
These are the wellness programs where very little changes in overall employee health and the money you were hoping to save goes down the drain along with the additional cost of your failing wellness program.
AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan Recognized at Inaugural [email protected]® Conference:
ATLANTA, GA. On Friday, September 23rd, AdvancingWellness CEO, Mari Ryan, received the Outstanding Master Trainer award during the inaugural [email protected]® Conference co-hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ASHLIN Management Group.
AdvancingWellness is pleased to celebrate the launch of the Working on Wellness program.
Last week we welcomed the first group of Massachusetts employers in to the program.
Working on Wellness is Massachusetts' newest initiative to support employers implementing comprehensive, evidence-based worksite wellness initiatives. The program specifically aims to reach businesses or organizations that are smaller, have low-wage workers, and do not have the internal capacity to implement a comprehensive wellness program.
Every HR professional has a full plate of responsibilities - and
workplace wellness has become a standard item on the menu. Especially in light of the Supreme Court's recent ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act, it is likely that workplace wellness is here to stay. Meanwhile, workplace wellness is a field that has more questions than answers, and HR professionals are often left trying to sort out the pieces.
I have been working in the field of corporate health promotion for over five years. During that time I have read studies and listened to expert speakers explain how companies have saved, or may save, on health care costs by implementing a wellness program. I honestly believe, over time, a well executed and comprehensive wellness program can achieve such results. I have also come to believe there are other, perhaps more compelling, reasons to have a wellness program. The rest of world seems to agree. A 2014 survey[i] of over 1,000 companies from around the world, shared why their organizations participate in corporate wellness.
It is not unusual for me to encounter employers who say they want a wellness program. In many cases, they have taken one or two small steps to implement one but they are not getting the results they were hoping for. If your program has fallen flat you may want to take a look at the following items.