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Study: Workplace wellness programs deliver mixed results — implications for program design & EAPs

from Society for Human Resource Management

A new Rand Corp. study examining a large employee wellness program, which included separate chronic disease management and healthy lifestyle initiatives, found that efforts to help employees manage chronic illnesses saved $3.78 in health care costs for every $1 invested in the effort. Wellness efforts that encourage healthy living lifestyle changes did not show a positive ROI on health care costs, but analysis showed that lifestyle management can reduce absenteeism. Thus, if an employer wants to improve employee health or productivity, an evidence-based lifestyle management program can achieve this goal. But employers who are seeking a healthy ROI on their programs should target employees who already have chronic diseases. more

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