Posts Tagged ‘employer wellness’

Will Healthcare Purchasers Transform Obesity Care?

March 15, 2018 — Packing a suitcase is simple. Getting a plane safely into the air is complicated. But tackling obesity is complex. That’s how Susan Campbell, the senior leader for wellness strategy at American Airlines, described the challenge confronting her airline. American and other healthcare purchasers are finding a way to reach beyond simplistic approaches to obesity. Campbell […]

Overgrown Placebos: Corporate Wellness Programs

February 25, 2018 — Employers love to say that they have a corporate wellness program. But how much actual wellness do these programs bring to employees? Not much, says a new randomized, controlled study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Placebo Wellness You’ll hear plenty of anecdotal reports. People are sooo much healthier if they participate in […]

A Stupid Weight Loss Contest at Work: It’s Not Wellness

January 23, 2018 — NBC canceled The Biggest Loser for good reasons, but Schlumberger doesn’t seem to care. Yesterday, this oil industry employer kicked off a $10,000 workplace weight loss contest. They might be telling themselves they’re promoting employee wellness. But they would be wrong. At Best Counterproductive, Dangerous for Some The Biggest Loser was a controversial spectacle from the very […]

Wellness Penalty/Incentives Lose Again in Court

December 23, 2017 — They’re dead for now. Those godawful coercive wellness programs will be illegal on January 1, 2019, thanks to a new court ruling this week. A judge finally threw out EEOC rules that allowed companies to impose big penalties on employees who don’t step on the scale and lose weight. Some employers called them incentives. But […]

When a Wellness Program Is Unwell

November 7, 2017 — Wellness is certainly a noble pursuit. Plenty of companies are genuinely interested in promoting the wellbeing of their workforce. And in the eight billion dollar wellness industry, some of the vendors are quite scrupulous about selling well-designed programs. But not all. Our friend Al Lewis began a series yesterday to remind us how wellness program […]

An Action Gap in the Chronic Disease of Obesity

November 3, 2017 — Four years after the American Medical Association decided to regard obesity as a chronic disease, we have a serious action gap. Research published this week in Obesity and presented at ObesityWeek makes it clear. Three major groups all regard obesity as a disease: people who have it, healthcare providers, and employers. Yet they leave it […]

Making Wellness Programs Genuinely Voluntary

August 27, 2017 — Employers who want to impose wellness on their employees received a setback last week. A federal judge ruled that if employees lose money unless they participate, it’s not voluntary. AARP Victory on Privacy Rights This ruling came in a lawsuit filed by AARP to contest EEOC rules about protecting privacy. By law, employers are not […]

Trouble in the Paradise of Workplace Wellness

March 18, 2017 — Workplace wellness has been creating headlines this week, due to legislation about genetic testing in these programs. In a guest blog today, our friend Al Lewis writes about his concerns with the industry. This week, Fortune published a generally very skeptical review of workplace wellness, highlighting one of the few major companies (Cummins) to be moving […]

Will Corporate Wellness Save Fitbit?

March 15, 2017 — Is it time to feel a bit of pity for Fitbit? For that matter, maybe the corporate wellness industry deserves some sympathy. Both of them have hit some bumps lately and some observers are suggesting they can help each other out. The Motley Fool says corporate wellness programs “could be a game changer” for Fitbit. […]

Penalties for Health and Genetic Privacy at Work

March 12, 2017 — All is not well in certain parts of the wellness industry. Employers are shying away from intrusive and coercive wellness programs that employees resent. So the wellness industry is looking for a bigger stick. They’re quietly pushing a bill that would make it easier to levy big penalties on employees who don’t want their employers […]