Top HR Issues for 2016


Category: Corporate Wellness

Despite the improving economy in 2015, stagnant wages, high benefit costs, and regulatory uncertainty made it a challenging environment for human resource professionals.  2016 will be equally challenging as the economy and businesses orient to growth, which will include greater competition for talent, demand for flexible benefits, and pressure for productive and healthier workers.  Technological… Read more »

4 Ways To Promote Employee Health


Category: Corporate Wellness

Ron Friedman recently wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review about ways employers can support and promote employee health.  What he included and excluded were both telling.  He did not mention biometric screenings or health risk assessments.  Rather, he focused on ways to make living a healthier life easier.  Below are brief summaries on… Read more »

Outcomes-based Wellness Programs See Little Growth


Category: Corporate Wellness

According to a survey from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health, 44% of companies nationwide had outcomes-based wellness programs in 2015.  However, this percentage rose only a “statistically irrelevant” 2% from the year prior, which is a large and, for some, unexpected slowdown in the proliferation of these types of wellness programs…. Read more »

Target Offers Fitbits To 335,000 Employees, Ignores BYOD


Category: Corporate Wellness

Last week, Target made headlines by announcing it will offer Fitbit activity trackers to its 335,000 U.S. employees, becoming the latest firm looking to wearable devices as a way to improve its workers’ fitness and reduce healthcare costs.  The deal is one of Fitbit’s largest corporate accounts yet.  While corporate services generate less than 10%… Read more »

Low Tech Helps Employee Wellness Programs


Category: Corporate Wellness

The incredible rise of mobile and wearable wellness technology solutions makes it easy to embrace a technology-centric perspective about all things wellness.  Sometimes new gadgets and apps become so distracting that we forget about the well-established low tech solutions sitting right next to us (we want push notifications even though email and text messaging may be better ways… Read more »

Where Do Good Wellness Programs Come From?


Category: Corporate Wellness

We see lots of articles, blog posts, and lists about the things great companies do to launch great wellness programs.  Often, suggestions include things that happen during a wellness program and rarely touch on the things that must happen before a program is ever launched that, in many ways, are more influential in determining a… Read more »

7 Keys To A Great Wellness Challenge


Category: Corporate Wellness

Wellness challenges are great ways to engage and motivate employees to increase their physical activity, improve their nutrition, get more sleep, or make other meaningful changes to their health and well-being.  Furthermore, wellness challenges provide employers with opportunities to blend employee health initiatives with team and culture building within an organization.  Unlike biometric screenings, health… Read more »

It’s Hard To Win A Championship Without (Wellness) Champions


Category: Corporate Wellness

If you take a look at some of the great wellness programs, there will be numerous common themes in all of them, including wellness champions.  These award winning organizations (Healthiest Employers, Best Places To Work, etc.) recognize that wellness is hard and champions ease that burden; if it were easy, obesity, chronic conditions, and out-of-control… Read more »

The Hidden Costs Of Wellness Spreadsheets


Category: Corporate Wellness

We love Google Docs and Excel as much as the next group, but at some point, organizations need to realize that these technologies, which have historically made us more efficient, cause us to think that they will make everything we do more efficient.  The examples of this false expectancy are evident in numerous areas, including… Read more »

5 Wellness Program Awards Worth Winning


Category: Corporate Wellness

Building an employee wellness program has its challenges, and when done well, recognition should be given.  Part of creating a culture of wellness requires awareness and support from both employees and leadership so it’s only natural that companies seek out public recognition for having successful employee wellness programs. After you build out your amazing wellness… Read more »