Wellness programs and spending on the rise. Employers just can’t get enough of wellness. In 2010, nearly 75% of 147 mid- to large-size employers offered 19 or more health promotion programs, finds a study by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health.
A recenty summary of the effectiveness of wellness programs by The Harvard Business Review found that wellness programs produce positive return on investment as well as collateral benefits relating to issues such as employee retention. The article also summarizes the characteristics of effective wellness programs into six "Pillars."
According to the Principal Financial Well-Being Index, the number of employees taking advantage of employer-provided health initiatives is growing dramatically, and all stakeholders are seeing results. Participation in weight management programs, for example, has increased by 25 percent, with more than half of those surveyed taking advantage of offered programs.
Among the benefits reported: