Are Workplace Wellness Programs a Waste of Time and Money?

February 5, 2018

Via: HR Hero

“Workplace wellness programs cover over 50 million workers and are intended to reduce medical spending, increase productivity, and improve well-being. Yet, limited evidence exists to support these claims,” conclude three university researchers in a newly published study.

Damon Jones (University of Chicago), Julian Reif (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and David Molitor (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) designed and implemented a comprehensive workplace wellness program for a large employer with over 12,000 employees, randomly assigning program eligibility and financial incentives at the individual level. Over 56% of eligible employees participated in the program.

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