Wellness Incentives – a Case Study

Wellness Incentives – a Case Study

One of the most common questions I receive from my clients is, “how do we get more employees to participate?” While I wish my answer could be about appealing to the intrinsic value of improving one’s health, my most common responses are: Provide a more enticing incentive. Increase promotion. Get senior leadership onboard and involved…. [Read More]

Total Wellness

Total Wellness

Recently, I’ve had a few long-time wellness clients ask me “what’s next?” They’re wondering what’s new in wellness and what can they do to refresh their established programs. I must say, I get quite excited when clients want to go above and beyond basic wellness programming. For those of you who are new to wellness,… [Read More]

#TheSelfieGeneration: America’s Largest Workforce

TheSelfieGeneration America s Largest Workforce

As a millennial myself, I’m aware of the stereotypes placed on my generation all too well – we’re impatient, entitled, insecure and self-absorbed. We tend to be overly ambitious to move up in our careers (even if it means job hopping in search of a more meaningful position). We seek validation and expect “participation trophies”… [Read More]

The Scoop on Wellness Regulations: Vendor Edition

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As if HR didn’t have enough to keep track of already, in walked the EEOC (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) with more important regulations to take into account. Recently, the EEOC provided additional guidance on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) as they relate to wellness programs, as we covered… [Read More]

Helping Employees Escape the Emotional Election Rollercoaster

helping-ees-escape-emotional-rollercoaster

It’s been a month since the presidential election and people are still experiencing a range of reactions. Some are excited and feeling hopeful about the changes President-elect Trump has presented in some of his thoughts for his first 100 days and the duration of his term – nationwide emotions are flaring. Many employees are experiencing… [Read More]

The Scoop on Wellness Regulations

Corporate Wellness

More and more employers are incorporating wellness programs into their plans each year. With the growing popularity of workplace wellness, comes the inevitable (you guessed it) government regulations. Are your wellness programs compliant with the ADA, the EEOC, ACA, and HIPAA? And who is this GINA? As planning for 2017 ramps up, now is a good… [Read More]

Pokémon Go: Just What the Doctor Prescribed

Pokemon Go Post

For the past month, I’ve been watching friends, colleagues, and strangers maniacally roam the city on a focused hunt for Charizards and Pikachus. Quite a sight to behold. Pokémon Go has become explosively popular, and with its increasing ubiquity, I’m sure we’ll continue to see headlines highlighting safety concerns as Pokémon Go players fall off… [Read More]

Sorry, Did You Say Voluntary?

Sorry, Did You Say Voluntary

A few weeks back, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules regarding how corporate wellness programs can be designed within the framework of existing anti-discrimination laws, namely the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA). The rules should serve as a roadmap on how to structure incentives… [Read More]

Wellness or Else?

Corporate Wellness

Over the last couple years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been on a litigious rampage against wellness programs. The latest on its list of failed challenges: Plastics manufacturer Flambeau. At the beginning of January, a Wisconsin District Court sided with Flambeau by ruling that its wellness program, which mandated that an employee complete a… [Read More]

Life Insurance Jumps on the Wellness Bandwagon

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If you have employer-provided health insurance, there’s a strong likelihood that some type of wellness program is offered alongside it – have you had your servings of fruits and veggies today? 2015 may wind up being known as the year of the crossover – John Hancock Life Insurance Company has jumped fully into wellness, applying… [Read More]