Taking an interest in employee health makes good business sense. Corporate spending on healthcare is forecast to reach an average of $12,136 per employee this year, according to a study by the consulting firm Towers Watson. Likewise, a Gallup survey estimates that overweight workers with three or more chronic conditions miss 3.51 days per month, compared with 0.34 for normal weight counterparts without chronic health problems. Stepping in to keep insurance rates down and productivity up is vital to a company’s well being.
But what works? After all, if it were easy to quit smoking or lose 20 pounds, there wouldn’t be a problem.
How to encourage wellness
Many companies start with on-site changes. They ban smoking on the premises, serve healthier meals in the cafeteria and stock vending machines with healthy food. Some even put in a gym or subsidize memberships at nearby fitness centers. Others may bring in speakers to discus...(register to read more)