And good luck with that. Businesses appreciate the benefits of keeping employees healthy, but many are flummoxed about just how to do it, according to a survey by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. Employers are beginning to understand that more “health programs without an articulated strategy may not be an effective approach to affect behavior change. Instead, most now point to establishing a culture of health as their top priority…” to tackle major lifestyle problems like stress, obesity, and lack of physical activity.
Now, “low usage rates show that the programs are not working as well as they could.”
The authors recommend:
Note: Based on a survey of 199 employers taken between May and July 2013.
Source: “2013/2014 Staying@Work Report,” Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health.