Do employee wellness programs actually work?

It seems like a question that’s not worth asking. If you offer employees wellness programs such as fitness centers, nutrition counselling, and stress reduction, and you charge little or nothing — or even offer financial incentives — surely it will improve the participants’ health. And surely the employer would see a return for investing in these programs, in improved worker productivity and decreased absenteeism. What does the research say? And yet that’s not what researchers reported in the April 2019 edition of JAMA. They analyzed data from nearly 160 worksites employing nearly 33,000 people. About 10% had wellness programs that addressed topics such as exercise, nutrition (including meetings with onsite registered dietitians), and stress. When comparing employees with and without a wellness program at work over 18 months, those who had






Author: Judy Wright

This more traditional concept of natural things which can still be found today implies a distinction between the natural and the artificial, with the artificial being understood as that which has been brought into being by a human consciousness or a human mind.

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