The Wellable Blog

DOL: Employees Do Not Need To Be Compensated For Time Spent On Wellness ...

According to a recent Department of Labor (DOL) opinion letter, employers do not have to compensate employees for time spent participating in biometric screenings, wellness activities, and benefits fairs.  The opinion letter, which was issued in ...
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And The Most Popular Employee Perk Is…Time

A survey of 1,227 working U.S. adults asked respondents to rank their top five popular work perks in order of preference.  For the purpose of the study, work perks were defined as non-insurance or retirement benefits.  Although the results were not ...
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5 Ways AI Will Shape The Future Of Employee Wellness

Considering the rapid advancement of technology and ever-increasing priority of employee wellbeing, it comes as no surprise that AI (artificial intelligence) is expected to shape the future of wellness in the workplace. This advanced technology has ...
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Components Of An Effective Financial Wellness Program

With recent evidence highlighting the considerable effect financial hardships have on employee wellness and workplace productivity, businesses are increasingly adopting workplace health initiatives to encompass financial wellness.  For employees, ...
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Type And Expectations Of Employee Wellness Programs Determine Their Value

As more employers consider launching formal employee wellness programs, academic research supporting and questioning the efficacy of these initiatives continue to grow. Likewise, skepticism regarding the methodologies used in the research ...
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Survey: Significant Increase In Health Plan Costs For Small Employers

“Most small employers have faced increasing costs associated with their health plans, while suffering from a lack of leverage and resources to manage the costs.”  This is the opening line in an article covering some of the findings from Mercer’s ...
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Number Of $1M+ Medical Bills Increased 87%

According to a report from Sun Life Financial, the number of patients with claims that exceeded $1 million grew from 104 to 194 between 2014 and 2017, reflecting a 87% growth rate. The total spending on such claims grew to $935 million. In the press ...
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Wellness, Perks Comprise Trending Benefit List

According to a list from Employee Benefit News on 15 trending workplace benefits, employee wellness and perks continue to take center stage. Below is the full list of trending benefits, and the eight highlighted in bold show that more than 50% of ...
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Employers Begin To Question HDHPs

According to a survey by the National Business Group on Health, 39% of large employers offer only high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) to employees for health insurance, which is up from 7% in 2009.  The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that half of ...
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Survey: Wellness Programs Increased Productivity, Reduced Sick Days

UnitedHealthcare recently published the results to its annual Wellness Check Up Survey.  The results provide a number of insights on the value of wellness programs for employers.  Most notably, 62% of employees with wellness programs felt their ...
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