Limited Effect of Workplace Wellness Programs on Employees

Limited Effect of Workplace Wellness Programs on Employees


The corporate environment has taken a large space in a formal working setup. Nowadays most of the organizations are favoring corporate culture, which has simultaneously boosted various employee-friendly programs. Most widely used program is workplace wellness, which enhances employees’ productivity and reduces health care spending. But this connotation does not align with the results provided by Harvard’s new study. According to the Harvard’s study, these programs act as an intervention that yields unimpressive results in the short term.

Findings of this study raised questions about the effectiveness of these programs 80% of employers in the U.S. provided.

Employers Initiatives play Crucial Role as Compared to Wellness Programs

The researchers examined various employees by dividing them into groups. Employees working at sites showed healthy behavior due to these programs, but there is no significant difference in other behavior as compared to the control group. Workplace wellness programs showed that employees who exercised regularly have 8.3% point higher rate. And employees who actively managed their weight showed 13.6% point higher rate.

But this program didn’t have a positive effect on employee’s sleep quality, overall health, and food choices. Moreover, employees were spending more on medical tests, doctor’s visits, medication, and affected three employment outcomes—job tenure, absenteeism, and job performance.

And if employers help their employees in cutting out smoking, alcohol, and encouraged exercise, they can cut down their expenses on health care. This will help in improving the overall well-being and productivity of the workers and reduce additional spending in medical care.

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