Wellness Programs Meeting The Information Needs Of Employees, Management Survey Finds

Fifty percent of wellness executives believe that workplace wellness programs are adequately meeting the information needs of employees.

However, the results were not overwhelming as 46.4 percent of executives participating in the Workplace Wellness Management Survey disagreed.  The leadership survey was conducted by the Wellness Program Management Advisor and Wellness Junction Professional Update.

“The process has been a slow one,” said the director of a wellness consulting firm, but employers are trying to get to the heart of the matter.

“Many employers are asking their employees what their biggest concerns are and then developing programs around that (information),” the director said.

Also agreeing was the occupational health registered nurse at a corporation who said that “employees have concerns about cost savings and need more education about the indirect decreased costs of wellness participation.”

The director of wellness at a retirement community agreed and said “there is so much information out there about what is important to our teams members. In my facility we do surveys, we meet with different departments and ask what they want and when they could participate. Then we try to make that work.”

A health and wellness manager for a medical center also agrees and said “I think the more formal, comprehensive programs are doing a really good job, although, we always need to be making them better and improving them.

“But many companies say they have wellness programs in place when in reality they actually only implement tiny bits and pieces of a wellness program,” the manager said. “This is better than nothing of course, but definitely not what is fully needed.”

The wellness educator for a health insurance brokerage firm agreed that the needs were being met and said “I think the needs of today’s consumers are hit in the media enough that employers know what to address. But to make real lifestyle changes, we need a cultural change.”

“That means work hours to allow for real cooking, not frozen meals bought at Sam’s Clue. It involves consumers not using food to make their family budget. I usually end my healthy eating talks with if you need a Sunday coupon to buy your food, I guarantee, it has too much sodium, sugar or fat,” the wellness educator added.

An employee wellness coach for a manufacturing facility disagreed and said “I know there are better ways and ideas out there. They are just hard to find. It’s hard to find new and refreshing ideas and concepts for wellness programs in manufacturing specifically.”

Also disagreeing was the wellness program manager of a government agency who said “people are so busy and healthcare is so complicated. It’s hard to match the info to the employee, even though we use all types of media and learning opportunities.”

The CEO of a wellness consulting firm disagreed as well and said the reason was “wellness programs are still scarce on the ground so the thrust of the masses is not there yet.”

A human resources manager at a corporation disagreed and said, “yes and no actually. We send publications, have had speakers come in and talk to employees, but getting people to become engaged in this topic is their decision and a tough one to get there.”

Another human resources executive at a manufacturing facility disagreed and said, “we currently do a health assessment but once the assessment is completed, there isn’t another education meeting for another year. We are going to try and get more educators in here to help our employees.”

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Are workplace wellness programs adequately addressing the information needs of today’s employees, the new healthcare customer?

Yes       50 %

No        46.4 %

Unanswered     3.6 %

Source: Workplace Wellness Management Survey, Wellness Program Management Advisor

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Address: Wellness Program Management Advisor, 1913 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 200, Manasquan, NJ 08736; (732) 292-1100, www.wellnessjunction.com.

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