Workplace Wellness Programs


Employer promotions and programs aimed at supporting healthy behavior and improving health outcomes among employees are a $6 billion industry in the United States. However, RAND research has shown that these programs have little effect on health care costs. RAND experts have also looked at the effectiveness of employee incentives, and how small to medium employers can implement a successful program.

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    Are Incentives to Join Workplace Wellness Programs Effective?

    May 11, 2015

    About four-fifths of U.S. employers with more than 1,000 employees offer workplace health and wellness programs, but employee participation is limited. Employers are experimenting with controversial incentives to encourage participation.

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    Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in the Workplace

    May 22, 2015

    Using data collected in a survey for the Britain's Healthiest Company competition, a study detailing the relationship between a broad set of health and lifestyle risk factors and workplace productivity found that lack of sleep, financial concerns, and giving unpaid care to family members negatively affect productivity.

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