Posts Tagged ‘employer wellness’

Obesity Hurts at Work

October 23, 2013 — Obesity hurts at work, and not just because of employment discrimination. A new study in PLOS ONE finally provides prospective, longitudinal evidence that confirms obesity leads to more injuries on the job. Anne Kouvonen and colleagues followed nearly 70,000 public sector employees between 2000 and 2008. Women comprised 80% of this cohort. Obesity led to […]

Penn State Backs Out of Wellness Penalties

September 20, 2013 — Penn State backed out of wellness penalties this week after protests from faculty and employees continued to attract unwanted national attention. President Rodney Erickson announced the change, saying: We have decided to suspend the $100-per-month surcharge so that people who are uncomfortable with any aspect of the survey will not feel as if they are […]

Googling a Healthier Workplace

September 9, 2013 — Programs to promote wellness and obesity reduction can be a tricky business for employers. Aided by a growing wellness industry, employers are gearing up to prod employees toward better health through financial incentives for things like weight loss and other health outcomes. But a new study in the Journal of Health Economics shows the limitations […]

Employers Reformulating Health Benefits for 2014

August 31, 2013 — Employers are planning to begin rolling out strategic changes in health benefits with annual enrollment this fall for the 2014 plan year. Some are looking at the new heathcare exchanges as options. Others are increasingly relying on consumer-driven health plans. Consumer-driven health plans pair high-deductible insurance with a health savings account to cover out of […]

Privacy and Integrity Questions About Workplace Wellness

August 8, 2013 — Issues of privacy and integrity in workplace wellness programs are surfacing as more employers are preparing to implement incentives and penalties for health. Programs for two large public institutions — one for Penn State employees and one for Nebraska state government employees — are under fire. The program at Penn State will impose a $100 […]

Employer Wellness Rules Bar Health Discrimination

May 31, 2013 — Final employer wellness rules issued this week by the Obama administration make one thing very clear: wellness programs must not be “a subterfuge for discriminating based on a health status factor.” Under these rules, the maximum penalty an employer can impose for not meeting wellness goals rises from 20% to 30% of an employee’s medical […]

Wellness Program Says Jump — Employees Say, How High?

May 20, 2013 — Data from the Healthy Blue Living wellness program was just published online in Translational Behavioral Medicine. And the wellness program presents a sunny picture of compliant employees with obesity wearing a pedometer that uploads their physical activity to the employer’s wellness program. But the fact is, these employees must participate and meet daily step count […]

5 Signs an Employee Wellness Program is Bogus

May 6, 2013 — Entrepreneurs selling employee wellness programs are having their day in the sun. And why not? Employees spend most of their waking hours at work and the workplace has a huge impact on an employee’s health and risk of obesity. Who could possibly be opposed to promoting wellness? But the problem is that many, if not […]

Stress, not Doughnuts, Explains Police Obesity Risk

April 29, 2013 — Simplistic — and false — notions of obesity as a lifestyle disease might lead one to think that occupational obesity risk for police officers is simply a function of what police officers eat and their physical activity. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find studies that suggest a more complex picture. Recent studies suggest that […]

Googling Cafeterias for Employee Wellness

April 23, 2013 — Some companies are stirring up their employees by trying to tell them how much they should weigh and penalizing those who don’t meet the bar. But it’s worth a look at the very different practices of a top tier employer like Google. And what you’ll find is Google putting its energy into into a healthy […]