A recent study suggests that 40 percent of the adult population in the United States will develop type 2 diabetes sometime during their life. The silver lining here is that diabetes can sometimes be prevented with lifestyle changes, and worksite health screenings are one effective way to catch the health issues that precede diabetes. How can an employer leverage health screenings to decrease the impact of this costly disease?
According to a 2013 study by ABI Research, more than 13 million wearable health trackers will be incorporated into businesses’ wellness plans by 2018.
If there were a buzzword in the employee benefits space in the last few years, “wellness” would be it. Employers are paying more attention to employee health than ever before. And for good reason.
Dilemma: Your employee population sits at desks for most of the workday. But you’ve read the recent articles that say movement throughout the workday is important for employees’ overall well-being. How can you help them counter the effects of hours of sitting?
Employees spend many of their waking hours at work or commuting, which can take a toll on their health, especially if they’re stressed or seated at a desk during the day. You can motivate employees to invest in their well-being by rewarding them with incentives for wellness participation and/or healthy outcomes.
Years ago, many workers held jobs in the manufacturing field that required them to stand for their entire workday. Now, workers find themselves sitting behind desks for seven or more hours each day, which has led to an unhealthy side effect — a more obese workforce. Fortunately, employers are starting to embrace the benefits of keeping employees active at work.