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Employers that follow best practices for workplace wellness programs were more likely to report improvements in lowering medical cost trends and improving employee health status, a Scorecard report from the nonprofit Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and consulting firm Mercer indicates.

In an analysis of data collected from more than 700 U.S. employers, researchers found that the best practices most strongly associated with positive wellness program outcomes were:

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March 1, 2013

Employers have plenty of reasons to encourage healthy behaviors at work, but letting employees exercise while they work—using treadmills or exercise bicycles fitted under elevated desks—poses many challenges for HR to consider.

“Anytime we can incorporate wellness into daily work activities, we’re bound to have a healthier employee,” said Beverly Haskins, vice president of human resources for Advanced Testing Laboratory in Cincinnati.

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February 6, 2013

The 2012-2013 flu season has hit early and hard. The severity of the flu outbreak has left many employers pondering if their organizations’ health and attendance policies are helping or hampering their efforts to keep the flu from spreading.

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January 21, 2013

I have been thinking a lot about wellness initiatives for the past couple of years perhaps due to having participated in Illinois annual Workplace Wellness WOWIE Awards a couple years back. ILSHRM in partnership with Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Illinois has really created an excellent program in acknowledging companies across Illinois in their wellness efforts as well as encouraging others to step it up a notch!

January 16, 2013
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The author of the first-person account below is vice present for people at Confluence, a 130-employee, Pittsburgh-based financial services technology firm.

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January 10, 2013

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January 7, 2013
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While a majority of human resource professionals say that wellness programs can help to reduce an employer’s health care costs, only 55 percent of respondents to a recent poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported that their companies offered an onsite workplace wellness program to their employees.

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December 24, 2012

As more employers emphasize and provide incentives to improve employee health and wellness, they are also looking for ways to increase employee buy-in for healthier lifestyles. Enter the workplace wellness contest.

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December 21, 2012

But employees reject paying more for failing to meet wellness goals  

Despite higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs for health care benefits, U.S. workers’ satisfaction levels with employer-provided health care coverage has either risen or remained the same compared to three years earlier, according to a survey by the National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit association of large employers.

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August 7, 2012

Seventy-five percent of health care spending is attributable to illnesses that are behavior-related and preventable, which explains why employers increasingly are focused on starting health improvement programs. Unfortunately, an all-too-typical employee response when asked about their employer’s program is, “I think we have something, but not many people use it.” So said Brad Cooper, CEO of US Corporate Wellness, a provider of employee wellness programs, during his presentation at the 2012 SHRM Annual Conference, held here June 24-27.

Five Frequent Errors

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July 13, 2012

Online social media games can engage employees and motivate them to improve their health much more effectively than traditional health and wellness programs, according to Adam Bosworth, founder of Keas, a company that develops online social games. Bosworth spoke in the concurrent session "Make It Fun: Why Social Games Are So Effective at Improving Employee Wellness and Engagement," at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2012 Annual Conference held here June 24-27.

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July 12, 2012

Most health benefit plans include some kind of wellness program. As costs rise, plan administrators hope that their wellness programs will help stem and reduce rising health plan costs. Plan administrators might harbor over-optimistic expectations of what a wellness initiative can deliver, however.

We can rank approaches to wellness as low, moderate and high impact.

Low Impact

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May 9, 2012

As work, family and personal demands increase and we are tethered to smart phones and tablet computers to be available instantly to anyone who might need us, our ability to perform at our best diminishes and our physical and mental health suffers. It’s time to revamp the way we approach work, according to Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project. It’s time to reclaim focus and be more productive, efficient and healthy.

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May 3, 2012

Three out of four workers diagnosed with a mental health disorder in Western Europe, Australia and the United States might forgo treatment out of fear of job loss, yet their conditions can still contribute to lost productivity at work, a recently published report found.

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April 24, 2012

Work habits of leaders tend to filter down through the troops. That is why it is important for leaders to develop a productive and positive work style. Motivated to please their boss, employees may unconsciously emulate their leader’s positive and negative work styles. Unfortunately, I have met leaders who make you think they would rather work, work, work and eventually drop dead at their desk rather than in the loving arms of their spouse or close family member.

March 30, 2012

Although the rate of health care cost increases, in the U.S. it is expected to remain stable in 2012. U.S. employers are taking more aggressive steps to manage their rising costs and improve employee health, according to the 2012 Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care by consultancy Towers Watson and the not-for-profit National Business Group on Health.

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March 26, 2012

Over the past year, I have been researching how companies are approaching wellness as we dive head first in the age of mobile. I’ve even written about it here.

March 22, 2012

Implementing the requirements of the sweeping health care reform law means moving forward in the face of uncertainty, according to Amy Bergner, a partner with HR consultancy Mercer, speaking at the 2012 Society for Human Resource Management Employment Law & Legislative Conference held March 4-7 in Washington, D.C.

The two big unknowns are the results of a pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling and impact of the November 2012 presidential and congressional elections.

Supreme Court to Rule on Constitutionality—or Not?

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March 16, 2012

Most U.S. companies plan to increase the dollar value of the incentives they offer employees to participate in health improvement programs in 2012, according to an employer survey conducted by Fidelity Investments and the not-for-profit National Business Group on Health.

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March 12, 2012