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Fact: Wellness programs benefit the bottom line. Motorola, for example, found that each dollar inves

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Fact: Wellness programs benefit the bottom line. Motorola, for example, found that each dollar invested in wellness benefits returned $3.93 in health and disability cost savings. Next-Generation Wellness at Work tells how to get in on the action. A nuts-and-bolts, how-to guide for managers, it delivers the latest thinking on how to take full advantage of the benefits that wellness programs can offer both employees and companies. And the effort couldn't be more important. With the soaring cost of medical care and the increase in obesity and lifestyle-related illnesses, there is growing recognition that companies must build a culture of health and enable employees to become better guardians of their own well being. This book illustrates, in detail, exactly how to accomplish those goals.

Good health saves in ways that go beyond smaller insurance premiums. It also has a direct relationship with employee productivity, making wellness a matter of high-level strategy. However, many workplace wellness programs are not as effective as they could be. They are not comprehensive, not long-term, and not marketed to the people who could benefit most. Wellness expert Stephenie Overman helps managers take practical steps to overcome these deficiencies and build successful workplace wellness programs that result in tangible, bottom-line benefits for organizations. And the book starts from the ground up, first by explaining how to take a company's temperature, get management buy-in, and design a program that fits a company's unique needs and situation.

Building a program is one thing, but will they come? That's where Overman's expertise is essential: She shows how to motivate workers to take advantage of the program and reap its many benefits. And she explains how to partner with local health providers and integrate methods to promote psychological well being, two key ingredients for success. Not many corporate programs benefit both employees and the company equally, but a well-planned wellness initiative will boost the health and productivity of employees, leading to a happier—and more competitive—workplace.

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"Next-Generation Wellness at Work cuts straight to what employers want to know: Do employee wellness programs benefit our bottom line? The answer, author Stephenie Overman says, is yes. Wellness pays off, to the tune of an average $5.81 saved for every dollar invested in worksite health-promotion programs, according to one study.

Overman’s book helps readers create workplace wellness programs and get employees to use those programs. It shows readers how to do the following and more:

--Get buy-in from top management. Learn to build a business case for wellness and demonstrate how expensive some diseases and conditions are for the organization. Incentives for managers can help them get behind wellness initiatives; rewards such as money for their operating budgets can motivate managers to work toward specific wellness goals.

--Form a wellness committee or team to set the strategy. Overman covers how to find team members and determine their tasks, how to train and reward wellness team members and how the team can help sell the idea of wellness to the rest of the workforce.

--Try simple, immediate changes. Wellness doesn’t require a huge program and a big dollar investment. Overman advises on getting started with small changes: Introduce health and nutrition educational sessions, and get employees involved in planning them. Cut out sugary snacks at meetings and swap healthy items for candy and chips in vending machines. Sponsor a walking program in which employees log their steps.

--Give incentives to encourage employee participation. Learn how employers have used prizes, cash, and even reductions in health insurance premiums as wellness program incentives. Overman also looks at potential legal considerations if you require wellness program participation.

--Consider an on-site fitness center or health clinic. Consider the feasibility, costs and benefits of on-site facilities, as well as the possibility of contracts with third-party companies. Readers hear the experiences of companies that have run successful clinics and fitness centers for their employees.

--Focus on mental wellness, not just physical wellness. Employee assistance programs are a starting point for helping employees with mental wellness, but flexible schedules, work/life balance and opportunities for education and advancement are all ways to improve employees’ psychological wellness.

The book examines the impacts that age, gender, ethnicity, disabilities, industry differences and other factors have on employees’ acceptance of wellness initiatives. Overman also provides short articles with case studies of employers with successful programs."

Additional Information
Name Next-Generation Wellness at Work
SKU 48.56541
Year published 2009
Page count 191
Publisher Praeger
ISBN 9780313360299
Author Stephenie Overman
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