The rise in healthcare costs has led many employers to find new ways to help employees stay healthy and productive while simultaneously reducing healthcare costs associated with preventable chronic diseases. A trend to address this issue is the growth of workplace wellness or health promotion programs. To gain insight into the best practices driving the most successful workplace wellness programs across the country, national nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS) partnered with the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to release From Evidence to Practice: Workplace Wellness that Works, an evidence-based, straightforward workplace health promotion guide for employers.
A 2010 meta-analysis of workplace disease prevention and wellness programs found positive returns on investment and benefits for employers with reduced healthcare costs and reduced absenteeism. Baicker, Cutler, and Song, Health Affairs, January 2010
The guide was developed using scientific and academic literature reviews, analysis and subject matter expert interviews.
TCHS partnered with Dr. Ron Goetzel, a senior scientist and director at IHPS, who led the research project and worked with his Institute team to develop a series of steps to guide employers in designing and implementing a new workplace wellness program or evaluating an existing program.
This guide includes steps to address a variety of factors affecting different populations of employees and the workforce at large. The guide is free to download here.
Want to read more? Here are a few articles on the Report: How to Design a Corporate Wellness Plan That Actually Works
, Harvard Business Review, March 31, 2016 Report outlines wellness program best practices
, by Jack Craver is Benefits Pro, October 13, 2015