Wellness is a business strategy
By Jim Ripple, CPA
* High cholesterol
* High blood pressure
* Physical inactivity
- Education – Start a wellness program. This may include seminars, health fairs and screenings, or newsletters to educate employees on health matters.
- Motivation - Some employers provide non-monetary incentives for healthy behavior. Employers can sponsor exercise or weight loss groups. They can recognize achievements in company newsletters or provide inexpensive rewards (such as sweatshirts) for individuals achieving certain goals.
- Compensation - Give bonuses, subsidize the cost of special programs, or pay for the cost of preventative care not otherwise covered by the insurance plan.
- Regulation - Enforce some health-related behaviors (by prohibiting on-duty use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs). Employer mandates must be directly work-related, consistently communicated and applied, and in compliance with laws protecting employee privacy and disabilities.