What is the Objective of Corporate Wellness Programs?
The early focus of corporate or company wellness programs was on weight loss, disease management for high-risk employees, and/or meeting rudimentary criteria to receive discounts on health insurance premiums.
This means one of the primary goals was to control employer healthcare costs – not necessarily to bolster the health, productivity, and happiness of the labor pool.
Physical health and incentivizing programs to reduce costs to employers and employees are valid and valuable objectives. However, if these are the only objectives of a corporate wellness program, it is unlikely the larger goal of improving the well-being of employees will be met over the long term.
The return on investment to the employer will not be significant. Wellness is a puzzle. All the pieces must be included or the picture won’t make sense.
Fortunately, corporate wellness is evolving and incorporating more comprehensive and robust program models with a holistic approach to personal health. Physical health is still important, but corporate wellness is beginning to understand the relationship between physical health, mental health, stress management, sleep, education, and workspace structures.
As more and more employers and organizations recognize the need to support the “whole person” and emphasize the value of all interrelated facets of wellness, the ROI grows along with the health of their staff. [Read more…]