Posted by: rcieri | October 15, 2010

The Wellness Effect

How healthy employees make a healthy bottom line

There is little universal agreement when it comes to healthcare reform, but there might be one consensus: Our country wouldn’t be in this mess if we were all a little healthier. In the past, care providers focused on reactive treatments to heal the ailments that patients developed, but recent years have marked the beginning of a shift toward preventive care, also known as “wellness.”

According to a 2010 Society of Human Resource Management Survey, 59 percent of employers are now offering wellness programs as part of employee healthcare coverage. Though their reasons for adding the programs range from employee demand to social responsibility, businesses are increasingly finding that healthy employees add to their bottom lines.

Read more in Philadelphia SmartCEO‘s October issue.


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