Human Resources News & Insights

What employers can do to make wellness programs succeed (Infographic)

Employer-sponsored wellness programs are meant to improve employees’ lives, but many companies have trouble getting workers to sign up and stick with these health-based programs.  

Make this threat … and watch wellness participation climb

Of course you don’t want to rule with an iron fist, but hear this idea out. 

EEOC finally issues wellness rules: 8 things employers will want to know

It took a while, but employers finally have some sold guidance on how to design their wellness program incentives so they don’t violate the ADA.

4 common ways companies misuse employee incentive programs

When employee incentives are used correctly, they can have a substantially positive impact on the entire workforce. 

Fewer CEOs collecting bonuses, incentives, perks

Companies are getting stingier when it comes to offering CEOs juicy benefits.

Gambling? A better way to kick-start wellness

Getting health plan participants to take the first step toward improving their health is often a daunting task for plan sponsors. Standard financial incentives don’t always work. But a new study has found another carrot that may help.

6 Things Employees Want From Health Plans

Good news: Employees admit they are willing to do more to improve their health and become better healthcare consumers. They also admit they understand wellness programs can help them get healthier and hold down costs. But here’s the rub:

Wellness: Use of incentives (and penalties) climbing – because they work

Between 2009 and 2011, the use of financial rewards in health management programs increased by 50%. Meanwhile, the use of penalties increased by more than 100%, according to a new study.

Use of wellness penalties growing: 2 ways to keep ’em legal

Wellness programs are “in” for employers – and so are penalties for workers who make unhealthy choices.

EEOC clarifies stance on using medical history in wellness programs

Many companies have been operating wellness programs under the belief that when a participant’s medical history is used, no incentives/penalties can be tied to the program. Now the feds are saying that’s not the case.