Creating Effective Wellness Programs
Employers who value wellness have to do more than offer health club membership discounts.
Offering a health club membership discount is a great, popular way to encourage employees to take responsibility for their own health. In theory, that ought to cut health benefits costs and absenteeism.
The problem is that the discounts often go to employees who would have joined health clubs anyway. What can benefits advisors tell employers about improving the health of the other employees?
One approach is to offer clients programs that combine wellness tracking software, personalized wellness plans and a wide range of wellness incentives.
A good, Web-based wellness system should be able to gauge each employees overall health and come up with personalized exercise, nutrition and lifestyle plans. Replacing “one size fits all” systems with more flexible systems will help employers appeal to more of their employees.