CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you work at a company that provides health insurance, then it's a good bet there is someone who is paying attention to employee health. Larger companies may have a full-time wellness director.
Those companies that can't fund this position will sometimes rely on human resources and gather the appropriate person(s) around this duty. This works quite well, particularly when those assuming this task have a health and wellness background.
However, there are many who feel overwhelmed and underqualified when charged with improving employee health.
This leads me to look into and answer some of the common questions I receive regarding effective worksite wellness programs.
What is an employee wellness program?
It's a program that promotes and supports the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees and is based in education, activity and evaluation.
Why should companies be concerned with worksite wellness?
A healthier work force usually means increased productivity and morale and decreased health-care costs. The return on investment in engaging and effective programs is worth mentioning with an estimated return of $6 to the company for every $1 spent on wellness.
What are the key components of a successful wellness initiative?