As you may recall, I am no fan of corporate wellness programs. They cost more than they save (which isn’t hard to do), they place unfair burdens on employees, they disguise cost-shifting and they cannot demonstrate quantifiable savings.
When I was a VP of Employee Benefits I wanted to stop spending $2 million a year on wellness, especially after the first meeting with our vendor where it pretended to demonstrate past savings, but didn’t even have the basic data correct.
I couldn’t stop this spending because it was the in thing to do, it was PC. After all, who could be against wellness? As a result, my employer and many others continue this farce spending millions of dollars with no return and likely higher costs.
However, nothing I’ve said compares to this post on the Healthcare Blog. Take a look