Successful Wellness Programs Are Like Pies


Category: Corporate Wellness

An article last week in Employee Benefit News about the effectiveness of gamification in long-term behavior change had the Wellable office abuzz. “The researchers downloaded and tested 132 [wellness gamification] apps, many of which focused on friendly competition between peers and coworkers to maintain an exercise routine, or provide weight-loss rewards. Their conclusion: There’s no… Read more »

Meet People Where They Are


Category: Corporate Wellness

At the MedCity ENGAGE Conference last week, Brad Kirkpatrick, the President of the employer and government market at Healthways, Inc., “made a point that I haven’t heard in a discussion about corporate wellness programs. He said that companies have to build consumer-grade solutions that people value and that meets them where they are at that… Read more »

The 4 C’s Of Employee Wellness Success


Category: Corporate Wellness

This post first appeared in the AllBusiness Do you have an employee wellness program in place but your employee participation is lacking? It’s likely that your wellness program is failing because you haven’t followed the four C’s of employee wellness success: Committee, Champion, Chief Support, and Communication. Following the four C’s is crucial to driving sustainable employee wellness… Read more »

Leading CEOs Take Actions to Address Nation’s Health Challenges


Category: Corporate Wellness

Recently, a group of nine chief executives from some of the nation’s largest companies and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) came together to share best practices and make commitments to improve health and health care. Members of the CEO Council on Health and Innovation employ more than 1 million people and provide health care coverage… Read more »

Proprietary Wellness Technologies For Employers Don’t Work


Category: Corporate Wellness

Many wellness companies push proprietary apps and devices (yes, some wellness companies have seen it fit to build their own pedometers!) as part of their comprehensive solution.  This approach is profit centric, sends mixed messages, and adversely impacts engagement (real engagement).  These solutions don’t work for a number of reasons. Employee Choice All stakeholders will… Read more »

Listen To What The Wellness Naysayers Are Saying


Category: Corporate Wellness

The latest Kaiser Family Foundation Employee Benefit Survey highlighted many things about employee benefits, including the growing importance wellness programs are playing in cost containment strategies.  The survey found that 77% of firms offer at least one wellness program, and more firms think wellness programs are an effective strategy than employee cost sharing or tighter… Read more »

70% of Your Employees Are Already Using Wellable


Category: Corporate Wellness

According to a recent study, 70% of people use mobile health apps to track calorie intake and monitor physical fitness.  Would you be happy if your employee wellness program had a 70% engagement rate – most employers would be ecstatic. Most wellness programs never have a chance to reach 70% engagement because the program is… Read more »

Manual Entry Wellness Is So 1999


Category: Corporate Wellness

Corporate steps challenges are popular summer wellness activities.  For a period of time, employees track their daily steps and compete as individuals and teams to see who can walk the most, often to win prizes provided by the employer.  There are a number of ways to administer a step challenge – many employers self-administer using… Read more »

Wellness Advocates vs. Administrators And What This Means For HR


Category: Corporate Wellness

What type of ongoing involvement should the HR team have during a wellness program? Prior to the launch of a wellness program, the HR team’s role is generally pretty clear – help source, diligence, and (sometimes with the help of a vendor or consultant) implement a wellness program.  After a wellness programs starts, the HR… Read more »

Building The Bridge Between Consumer And Enterprise Wellness


Category: Corporate Wellness

The wellness technology world is divided – consumer vs. enterprise (i.e. employer sponsored wellness). Over the past few years the consumer wellness technology market has seen a number of major wins fueled by the smartphone health app craze and wearable device proliferation.  Consumer wellness technology is now mainstream.  Walk down the street and you’ll see… Read more »