There are many reasons why employers offer workplace wellness programs, including to combat obesity and the rapidly increasing costs of medical care and health insurance, writes Napala Pratini.
• At the start of a, wellness screenings are administered to identify health risks and to develop preventive strategies. These screenings can be self-administered and focus on identifying health-related behavior.
• Preventive strategies can include nutrition, weight-and smoking-cessation programs.
• A benefit of a workplace wellness program is tackling health risks with the support of your employer. Many companies have begun to provide financial incentives to employees for developing healthy habits.
• Drawbacks keeping employees from participating in wellness programs stem from privacy concerns and employers having access to employees’ health information.
• Despite the drawbacks, studies show that participation in workplace wellness programs increases employee engagement, decreasesand increases job satisfaction.
— Adapted from “What You Need to Know About Workplace Wellness Programs,” Napala Pratini, NerdWallet.