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Workplace wellness programs may help workers more than employers

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Patrick DiDomenico

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A new study casts doubt on the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs. Published April 16 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study found that BJ’s Wholesale Club employees who participated in wellness activities were somewhat more likely than non-participants to exercise regularly and actively manage their weight.

In fact, 8.3% more wellness participants reported exercising regularly and 13.6% more were working to manage their weight.

But researchers reported “no significant differences” in organizational health measures, such as health care spending. Absenteeism, retention and job performance were not affected by wellness program participation.

In other words, workplace wellness programs may benefit employees, but they don’t necessarily improve organizational effectiveness.

Health policy experts generally praised the study, called “Effect of a Workplace Wellness Program on Employee ...(register to read more)

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