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Five factors contribute to a successful workplace wellness program, says a study by the RAND Corporation. ‘Workplace Wellness Programs Study’ says, among other things, employers cite the importance of broad outreach and clear messaging from organizational leaders, especially for those organizations with a large and geographically dispersed workforce. Making wellness activities convenient and easily accessible for all employees are strategies that employers use to raise the level of employee engagement. For programs to be successful, senior managers need to consider wellness as an organizational priority. The companies studied leveraged existing resources and built relationships, often with health plans, to expand offerings at little to no cost. As well, they approached wellness with a continuous quality improvement attitude. Though no employers conducted formal evaluations, all solicited feedback from staff with the goal of improving future wellness programming. The study says “unhealthy lifestyles are driving up the prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary conditions.” Such conditions have produced results such as increased healthcare costs, as well as illness-related loss of productivity due to absence from work and reduced performance while at work. To address these conditions and their impact on the workplace, “employers are adopting health promotion and disease prevention strategies, commonly referred to as workplace wellness programs.”

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts

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