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Shared Values: The Next Step in Wellness
Workers want to feel that their employers care about them as people—rather than viewing them as cogs in the machine.

Don’t Forget Ergonomics Away from the Office
Employees who work from home or travel for work should be taught to assess their ad hoc workspaces for ergonomic risks.

EEOC Sues Employer’s Wellness Program
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed the agency’s first lawsuit to directly challenge a wellness program under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Vision Care: Cost Reduction's Different Lens
Eye exams provide the opportunity to detect disease early. But employers might overlook a second cost savings outcome—increased productivity.

Why You Need an Ergonomics Program
Working in an awkward position can cause costly damage to an employee’s musculoskeletal system.

Onsite Flu Shots Save Health and Absence Costs
For a healthy dose of productivity, help employees to get vaccinated against the flu.

Prevent Sprains and Strains in the Workplace
Strains are the top accident category in manufacturing by frequency and severity.

Disability Claim Payments Up
Even as disability payments rose, the number of workers covered by long-term disability insurance fell.

Host Employers, Staffing Firms Cited for Hazards
OSHA’s initiative to improve workplace safety and health for temporary workers is netting a brisk business issuing citations.

E-Cigs and Workplace Health Clash
Increasingly, companies are prohibiting electronic cigarettes at the workplace and including the vapor-emitting products in their anti-smoking policies.

EEOC to Square Wellness Incentives with ADA
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will address whether, and to what extent, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lets employers offer financial incentives or impose financial penalties within their wellness programs.

Take a ‘Whole Person’ Approach to Obesity
The interplay between physical and psychosocial drivers is often ignored; it shouldn’t be, says a leading disability management expert.

Meditation Comes to the Workplace
There are compelling reasons for employers to offer meditation training and resources as a stress-reducing wellness benefit.

Employers Not Maximizing Wellness Incentives
Many employers are struggling to commit to and measure their wellness strategies, and nearly half aren’t planning to take full advantage of higher incentive limits under the Affordable Care Act.

Heat Illness Prevention Campaign Launched
With the hot summer months ahead, employers should train supervisors and workers to prevent, recognize and treat heat-related illness.

Make Your Safety Training Talks Effective
An increase in accidents and near misses, messy work areas, and workers not wearing protective clothing or using equipment properly could all be indicative of a lax safety culture.

Counter the Top Triggers of Short-Term Disability
By knowing the likely causes of short-term disability leave, employer can help employees stay healthy and return to work sooner.

Wellness Surge at Mid-Size Firms
Program components that saw the biggest increase last year included health coaching and online wellness portals.

Avoiding Costly Misdiagnoses
Simple steps can help reduce the waste and suffering that stems from an incorrect diagnosis or treatment plan.

Gamification Used to Promote Wellness
The Global Corporate Challenge is a yearlong workplace wellness program that begins with an interactive, 100-day, team-based competition.

Asleep on the Job: When to Accommodate
New assignments and schedules may be needed for those with medical conditions.

Tackle Cancer's Workplace Challenges
Employers can facilitate early detection and prompt treatment of cancer, which preserves quality of life for employees and reduces the costs of cancers in the workforce.

Tips for Less Stress
Useful recommendations to pass along to employees on ways to reduce stress.

Wellness Incentives Spending Up 15% in 2014
In 2014 corporate employers plan to spend an average of $594 per employee on wellness-based incentives, an increase of 15 percent from the average of $521 reported in 2013 and more than double the average of $260 reported five years ago.

Health Insurance Rates and Smoking
Smoking clearly impacts health care costs and may legitimately affect premium rates, but are there pitfalls and dangers involved in imposing additional costs on smokers?


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The Secret Wellness Motivator: Friends & Family
Sponsored by hubbub health
A spotlight on an effective but overlooked strategy to promote sustained healthy behavior changes.

Shape Up Your Wellness Program
Sponsored by Achievers
Re-engineer employee wellness programs to engage and align employees and recognize their achievements.

Consumer Eye Health and Wellness
Sponsored by Davis Vision
Integrate eye care with medical benefits to improve the management of chronic conditions.

The Science to Healthy Behaviors
Sponsored by hubbub health
The roadmap for successful employee wellness initiatives has been redrawn, yet an outdated and ineffective approach to wellness persists in many programs.

Gamification for the Health of ItSM
Sponsored by hubbub health
Employees’ poor health habits and the lack of engagement remain the top challenges to a successful program.

Pre-Diabetes: An Employer's Approach to Prevention
Sponsored by Alere Wellbeing
How employers can help to stop diabetes and pre-diabetes progression.

Caregiving Health and Wellness
Many in today's workforce are members of the "sandwich generation"—caring for both their children and parents. The reality of this dual role causes employees' health and wellness to rapidly deteriorate.


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Wellness Success Factors
Anthony Armando of Interactive Health explains considerations for successful wellness programs. 

Doug LaymanWellness ROI Is Immeasurable
Doug Layman, executive VP at Gilsbar Inc., says current narrowly focused views of wellness ROI miss the true business value of this type of benefit. 

Alan MomeyerWellness Incentives
Alan Momeyer, VP of HR for Loews Corp., says the rewards are worth the risk of initially overpaying for wellness incentives—especially if you plan to modify payments at a later date.

Barbara SchaeferHealth Incentives
Union Pacific Corp. offers several rewards that encourage employees to take steps to improve their health, says Barbara Schaefer, senior VP of HR.

Nancy BloughEffective Wellness Incentives
Nancy Blough, Executive VP of the American Health Data Institute, on ways to encourage participation in wellness plans.

Dan KrickThe Benefits of Wellness
Wellness programs benefit a company in financial and other ways, says Dan Krick, HR director at Lincoln Industries

Don PowellWellness for Dependents
To control health care costs, wellness programs must reach out to employees' spouses and children, says Don Powell, CEO of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine.

Neil GordonWellness Efforts and Unions
Neil Gordon, M.D., chief medical and science officer for Nationwide Better Health, offers tips for effectively promoting wellness in a union environment. 

Mindy McGrathPoints-Based Wellness Programs
Awarding incentive points can boost participation in wellness programs and achieve lasting behavioral change, says Mindy McGrath, a VP with Maritz Inc.

Smoking CessationSmoking Cessation Programs
Companies that offer a package of benefits—rather than just one—are successfully helping employees to quit smoking.

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