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It is good business for companies to help provide employees with the information and tools that will empower them to adopt healthy behaviors.
The ROI of Wellness
Forbes

2018

Kishmore, Sandeep, et al. "Making The Case For The Chief Wellness Officer In America’s Health Systems: A Call To Action." Health Affairs, October 26, 2018.

Patient care is being compromised by increasing rates of burnout among America’s clinicians, involving not only physicians, but also nurses, advanced practice providers, and other healthcare workers. Burnout can lead, in some cases, to tragic and even fatal consequences for both clinicians and patients. Because burnout affects the majority of clinicians and suicidal ideation is more common in health professional trainees and practicing physicians than the general public, there is an urgent need for structured and systematic improvements to improve the work life and well-being of our nation’s clinicians.

Bernardo, Richie. "The Real Cost of Smoking by State." WalletHub, January 17, 2018.

Smoking doesn’t just ruin your health. It can also burn a nasty hole through your wallet. WalletHub looked into the true per-person cost of smoking in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

2017

Bridges, Nicola. "Wellness at Work: The New Healthy Epidemic ." November 3, 2017.

Forget sleeping on the job getting you fired. Forward-thinking companies today encourage rest and relaxation at work, providing employees with everything from high-tech power-nap pods to silent meditation and mindfulness rooms.

A federal court on Tuesday threw out a rule allowing employers to call their workplace wellness programs “voluntary” when employees stand to lose thousands of dollars for not participating — a win for groups that challenged what they argue are coercive programs that have not been shown to improve employees’ health.

Dodd, Darren. "Wellbeing moves into the workplace." Financial Times, July 7, 2017.

As ageing populations, cost inflation and tight budgets constrain national health spending, more governments are looking to companies to fill gaps in provision that are opening up.

Corporate wellness schemes are firmly established in the US, where companies are the main funders of medical care for staff and so eager to promote better health to keep insurance premiums low. Businesses beyond the US are also keen to develop welfare strategies to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity.

Shockney, Lillie D., RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG. "Part II: What Employers, Navigators Need to Know About Cancer’s Impact in the Workplace." Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators, May 17, 2017.

In Part I, you learned about the incidence of cancer, its financial impact on employers, and that this impact will continue to grow in the coming decade(s). In Part II, you will get insights into what we have learned at Johns Hopkins, as well as in other workplace environments that is important for navigators to understand.

Shockney, Lillie D., RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG. "What Employers, Navigators Need to Know about Cancer’s Impact in the Workplace." Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators, April 20, 2017.

This expert commentary, which is divided into specific parts for you to read, emphasizes the impact that the workforce is facing when it comes to cancer today, and in the future. You will find more and more employers wanting to better understand the incidence of cancer among their employees because they are absorbing most of the cost of that cancer care—from a treatment perspective as well as a paid time off perspective.

These corporate wellness program ideas are designed to change policy and improve the work environment so it is easier for employees to adopt and maintain health behaviors.

2016

Jack, Andrew. "Health lifelines for wellbeing in the workplace." The Financial Times, Health at Work, September 14, 2016.

“We all recognise there are public health issues facing the population, and companies have a responsibility to play a part at work and beyond,” says Dame Fiona Kendrick, Nestlé’s UK chief executive. “If staff are happy, we fundamentally believe they are also more productive.”

Begley, Shannon. "Do workplace wellness programs improve employees’ health?." STAT, February 19, 2016.

Gut Check is a periodic look at health claims made by studies, newsmakers, or conventional wisdom. We ask: Should you believe this?

The Claim: Workplace wellness programs improve employees’ health and reduce the incidence of preventable disease.

Goetzel, Ron. "Yet Another Reason to Build a Culture of Health at Your Company." Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, January 6, 2016.

For decades, proponents of workplace health promotion (wellness) programs have articulated the many factors justifying a business case for investment in these initiatives.  

2015

Sipek, Sarah. "Through Hell and Well." Workforce, December 25, 2015.

Bill Baun is the wellness officer at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has been working in corporate wellness since its earliest days, and despite his own battle against cancer, his input continues to shape the wellness field today.

2013

Thorpe, Kenneth, written in partnership with Mary Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council. "Value of Employee Wellness Programs." Huff Post Blog, March 18, 2013.

We’re writing this blog post because we have considerable experience, in our respective roles, working with employers who have put in place innovative wellness programs and are using metrics and their understanding of the unique nature of their respective workforces to continue fine-tuning these initiatives to strengthen their effectiveness. We believe it would be unfortunate if the idea that employee wellness programs bring no return on investment took hold and became conventional wisdom. These initiatives are critical weapons in the ongoing war against chronic disease.

2011

"The Road to Wellville." Texas CEO Magazine, July 24, 2011.

A C-Suite discourse on the complexities of employee wellness

Henke, Rachel M.; Ron Z. Goetzel, Janice McHugh, and Fik Isaac. "Recent Experience In Health Promotion At Johnson & Johnson: Lower Health Spending, Strong Return On Investment." Health Affairs, March 2011.

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies introduced its worksite health promotion program in 1979. The program evolved and is still in place after more than thirty years. We evaluated the program’s effect on employees’ health risks and health care costs for the period 2002–08. Measured against similar large companies, Johnson & Johnson experienced average annual growth in total medical spending that was 3.7 percentage points lower. Company employees benefited from meaningful reductions in rates of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco use, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition. Average annual per employee savings were $565 in 2009 dollars, producing a return on investment equal to a range of $1.88—$3.92 saved for every dollar spent on the program. Because the vast majority of US adults participate in the workforce, positive effects from similar programs could lead to better health and to savings for the nation as a whole.

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