Can an employer that sponsors a wellness program or a condition management program get any short-term productivity gains?
Rebecca Mitchell and other researchers at OptumHealth contend in a new paper that it’s possible.
The researchers look at the effects of telephone-based health promotion programs provided by their company in a paper published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Some have argued that even getting a health promotion program to produce quick improvements in medical costs is so difficult that few insurers or employers have any financial incentive to sponsor the programs.
Similarly, some have said that getting a health improvement program to produce significant improvements in absence, disability claims or other productivity indicators takes too long to give employers any incentive to see “wellness” programs as a way to boost productivity.