Workplace wellness programs come in many forms and many levels of quality, which means they're not a panacea for reducing an employer’s healthcare costs
Shelton, CT (PRWEB) September 8, 2009
Despite the widespread need for employers to reduce employee-related healthcare expenses, nearly 80 percent of American workers say they do not participate in workplace wellness programs, according to the latest online poll by LifeCare®, Inc., a leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers nationwide. Thirty-nine percent say they don't have access to such programs, and another 39 percent say they don't participate in these programs even though they're available.
Here are the full results of the poll, which LifeCare conducted during the month of August:
Do you participate in an employer-sponsored wellness program?
- Yes – 22%
- No – 39%
- I would if my employer offered them – 39%
The poll also asked those who do participate in employer-sponsored wellness programs to identify the types of programs they utilize:
- Exercise/workout – 62%
- Weight management – 31%
- Stress management – 23%
- Blood pressure management – 4%
- Smoking cessation – 4%
- Cholesterol management – 4%
- Other – 17%
"Workplace wellness programs come in many forms and many levels of quality, which means they're not a panacea for reducing an employer’s healthcare costs," said LifeCare CEO, Peter G. Burki. "However, a growing number of studies show that wellness programs aimed at specific conditions and backed by sound medical and scientific principles definitely do keep employees healthier. And healthier employees miss work less often, visit doctors and emergency rooms less often, fill fewer prescriptions, and develop far fewer chronic conditions such as heart disease and asthma -- all of which translates into significant savings for employers."
Burki added that wellness and stress reduction programs are also effective tools for strengthening employee loyalty and commitment levels, especially during challenging times like these. Another LifeCare poll, conducted in September of 2008, found that 65 percent of workers said their loyalty to employers would be improved or significantly improved by having a wellness program available to them.
LifeCare offers its clients a comprehensive wellness solution called Total Health SolutionsSM, which delivers best-in-class, scientifically-based programs and evidenced-based practices that are based on more than 25 years of research and clinical trials. The LifeCare programs address the specific health conditions that have a direct correlation to the chronic diseases most responsible for high-cost medical claims, absenteeism, presenteeism and disability.
About LifeCare®, Inc.
LifeCare is a leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers nationwide, offering cost-saving benefits that help clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness issues, and more. For more than two decades, LifeCare has led the work/life industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve clients' bottom lines. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit http://www.lifecare.com.
Notes to Editors:
LifeCare's CEO, Peter G. Burki, is available for interview.
Media contact: Michael Civiello; 203-291-3756
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