Wellness Programs Can Be Provided By Employers As A Service Under Discretionary Benefits

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Wellness programs can be provided by employers as a service under discretionary benefits. Employers began implementing wellness programs to promote and maintain employees’ physical and psychological health in the 1980s (Martocchio, 2014). There are several different wellness programs that companies may provide to their employees such as stress reduction, nutrition and weight loss, exercise and fitness activities, and health-screening programs (Martocchio, 2014). According to the survey conducted by the Rand Corporation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, currently 80 percent of employers offer nutrition and weight activities, 72 percent offer exercise and fitness programs, 77 percent offer smoking cessation programs, 52 percent offer stress management programs, and 36 percent offer health education programs as benefits for their employees (Mattke et al., 2013). By providing employees these services, companies are aiming to improve well-being of employees and to reduce health care costs. Because participation to these programs is crucial for employers to reach their goals, they tend to incentivize these programs by offering financial rewards, novelties and more. However, although these programs are considered beneficial for both employees and employers, employee engagement is very low. In order to better understand these programs and promote employee participation, it is important to review potential benefits of…
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