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EBRI: Some Workers Dislike Wellness Programs

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Some U.S. employees are not sure whether they want their employers to help them improve their health.

Researchers at the Employee Benefit Research Institute, Washington, have published figures supporting that conclusion in a summary of results from a recent telephone survey of 1,000 U.S. residents ages 21 and over.

Although 76% of the participants agreed that offering wellness programs shows employers care about their employees, 65% agreed with the statement that employers that offer wellness programs are concerned only about their bottom lines, and 45% agreed that wellness programs intrude on worker privacy, the EBRI researchers report.

Although 50% of the survey participants said they would be extremely or very likely to participate in a wellness program that would cut their health insurance premiums by 10%, 21% said they would be unlikely to participate even if they could 10%.