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Critics Challenge Corporate Wellness Program ROI
Concerns with program cost and effectiveness are on the minds of chief human resource officers.

Millennials Receptive to Wellness Outreach
Millennials are the most likely to want employers to play an active role in supporting their overall health and wellbeing, according to a new analysis. Here’s how to reach out to them.

Less Effective Flu Shot Calls for More Diligence
There are several things employers can do to help prepare for the potential impact of this year’s flu season, from encouraging vaccinations to insisting that sick employees stay home.

Ready Your Workplace for Flu Season
If past years are any indication, this flu season is likely to cost employers nationwide millions of lost work days and billions of dollars. Are you prepared?

EEOC Targets Incentives, Sparks Criticism
Tying biometric screenings to health premium reductions is a common wellness incentive, which is why the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s lawsuit against Honeywell’s program has caused an uproar.

Weight-Control Innovation Urged
Digital connectivity and wearable technology can help promote healthy outcomes.

Wearable Wellness
More companies are offering employees activity trackers along with devices that measure blood glucose, heart health or even brain activity.

EEOC Challenges Involuntary Wellness Programs
Employers looking for guidance on keeping wellness programs compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act have only Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuits to aid them.

EEOC Sues Employers’ Wellness Programs
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed the agency’s first two lawsuits to directly challenge employer-sponsored wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Wheel on the Desk Goes ‘Round and ‘Round
Forget about a treadmill desk. A hamster wheel standing desk is the newest way to work and exercise at the same time.

CEOs Share Insights for Wellness Success
U.S. corporate leaders issue a call-to-action on employee health promotion, with recommended steps to take.

Shared Values: The Next Step in Wellness
Workers want to feel that their employers care about them as people—rather than viewing them as cogs in the machine.

Don’t Forget Ergonomics Away from the Office
Employees who work from home or travel for work should be taught to assess their ad hoc workspaces for ergonomic risks.

Vision Care: Cost Reduction's Different Lens
Eye exams provide the opportunity to detect disease early. But employers might overlook a second cost savings outcome—increased productivity.

Why You Need an Ergonomics Program
Working in an awkward position can cause costly damage to an employee’s musculoskeletal system.

Onsite Flu Shots Save Health and Absence Costs
For a healthy dose of productivity, help employees to get vaccinated against the flu.

Prevent Sprains and Strains in the Workplace
Strains are the top accident category in manufacturing by frequency and severity.

Disability Claim Payments Up
Even as disability payments rose, the number of workers covered by long-term disability insurance fell.

E-Cigs and Workplace Health Clash
Increasingly, companies are prohibiting electronic cigarettes at the workplace and including the vapor-emitting products in their anti-smoking policies.

Take a ‘Whole Person’ Approach to Obesity
The interplay between physical and psychosocial drivers is often ignored; it shouldn’t be, says a leading disability management expert.

Meditation Comes to the Workplace
There are compelling reasons for employers to offer meditation training and resources as a stress-reducing wellness benefit.

Employers Not Maximizing Wellness Incentives
Many employers are struggling to commit to and measure their wellness strategies, and nearly half aren’t planning to take full advantage of higher incentive limits under the Affordable Care Act.

Make Your Safety Training Talks Effective
An increase in accidents and near misses, messy work areas, and workers not wearing protective clothing or using equipment properly could all be indicative of a lax safety culture.

Counter the Top Triggers of Short-Term Disability
By knowing the likely causes of short-term disability leave, employer can help employees stay healthy and return to work sooner.

Asleep on the Job: When to Accommodate
New assignments and schedules may be needed for those with medical conditions.

Tackle Cancer's Workplace Challenges
Employers can facilitate early detection and prompt treatment of cancer, which preserves quality of life for employees and reduces the costs of cancers in the workforce.


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The Secret Wellness Motivator: Friends & Family
Sponsored by hubbub health
A spotlight on an effective but overlooked strategy to promote sustained healthy behavior changes.

Shape Up Your Wellness Program
Sponsored by Achievers
Re-engineer employee wellness programs to engage and align employees and recognize their achievements.

Consumer Eye Health and Wellness
Sponsored by Davis Vision
Integrate eye care with medical benefits to improve the management of chronic conditions.

The Science to Healthy Behaviors
Sponsored by hubbub health
The roadmap for successful employee wellness initiatives has been redrawn, yet an outdated and ineffective approach to wellness persists in many programs.

Gamification for the Health of ItSM
Sponsored by hubbub health
Employees’ poor health habits and the lack of engagement remain the top challenges to a successful program.

Pre-Diabetes: An Employer's Approach to Prevention
Sponsored by Alere Wellbeing
How employers can help to stop diabetes and pre-diabetes progression.

Caregiving Health and Wellness
Many in today's workforce are members of the "sandwich generation"—caring for both their children and parents. The reality of this dual role causes employees' health and wellness to rapidly deteriorate.


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Wellness Success Factors
Anthony Armando of Interactive Health explains considerations for successful wellness programs. 

Doug LaymanWellness ROI Is Immeasurable
Doug Layman, executive VP at Gilsbar Inc., says current narrowly focused views of wellness ROI miss the true business value of this type of benefit. 

Alan MomeyerWellness Incentives
Alan Momeyer, VP of HR for Loews Corp., says the rewards are worth the risk of initially overpaying for wellness incentives—especially if you plan to modify payments at a later date.

Barbara SchaeferHealth Incentives
Union Pacific Corp. offers several rewards that encourage employees to take steps to improve their health, says Barbara Schaefer, senior VP of HR.

Nancy BloughEffective Wellness Incentives
Nancy Blough, Executive VP of the American Health Data Institute, on ways to encourage participation in wellness plans.

Dan KrickThe Benefits of Wellness
Wellness programs benefit a company in financial and other ways, says Dan Krick, HR director at Lincoln Industries

Don PowellWellness for Dependents
To control health care costs, wellness programs must reach out to employees' spouses and children, says Don Powell, CEO of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine.

Neil GordonWellness Efforts and Unions
Neil Gordon, M.D., chief medical and science officer for Nationwide Better Health, offers tips for effectively promoting wellness in a union environment. 

Mindy McGrathPoints-Based Wellness Programs
Awarding incentive points can boost participation in wellness programs and achieve lasting behavioral change, says Mindy McGrath, a VP with Maritz Inc.

Smoking CessationSmoking Cessation Programs
Companies that offer a package of benefits—rather than just one—are successfully helping employees to quit smoking.

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