5 Hallmarks of Successful Corporate Wellness Programs

The American Journal of Health suggests wellness programs reduce “sick leave, health plan, workers’ compensation, and disability insurance” costs by 25 percent. Holly Lebowitz Rossi writes for Fortune with five tips for the best wellness program. First, the program must be practical and accessible, offering options that apply to a wide spectrum of potential health improvements—ranging from cooking classes to helping people quit smoking. Second, the work environment itself should promote healthiness, which means not just offering healthy foods but also encouraging regular breaks and maintaining respectful volume levels. Along those same lines, the wellness program should always feel like an optional way to increase health, not a mandate that tubby-in-accounting better drop 20 pounds or else. For maximum effect, the program should connect with existing employee assistance programs. And lastly, a program should offer optional health screenings for employees—but not mandatory ones—for legal reasons.

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