H2R Primary Care Learning Network Forecast Brief: Doing Wellness Is No Longer Enough, Says PwC's Mike Thompson

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Successful employee health efforts demand an integrated approach to well-being.

The trend, Thompson says, is for companies to take this expanded view of wellness--total well-being--and help their employees become what they are seeking to become rather than what the employer would like the employee to be.

Employee benefit design and primary care services delivery are both moving toward a broader notion of health, one that encompasses emotional and social well-being. And both are re-integrating once-siloed elements to put a greater focus on relationship and collaboration, Mike Thompson, principal, PwC, explains in a recent forecast brief from Health2 Resources' Primary Care Learning Network, Doing wellness is no longer enough: Successful employee health efforts demand an integrated approach to well-being.

That notion represents an important shift in employee benefit design: The laser-like focus on cost savings was where the workplace wellness movement started and gained its foothold. And, perhaps ironically--or perhaps appropriately--it's now the source of backlash. It's time, he says, to reframe workplace wellness in terms of supporting the workers.

The trend, Thompson says, is for companies to take this expanded view of wellness--total well-being--and help their employees become what they are seeking to become rather than what the employer would like the employee to be. Companies that take this approach have been more successful getting employees engaged in their wellness programs, he says. And it ultimately bolsters the bottom line: It ties the success of the business to employees' personal success and satisfaction. "It's such a positive message."

The forecast brief is available here.

Michael Thompson, principal, PwC, has more than 30 years' experience in health care and employee benefits strategy development and implementation. He consults with major employers and other stakeholders on sustainable cost reduction, integrated health, wellness and consumerism, retiree health, private health exchanges and health reform. He also serves as one of PwC's national thought leaders for health strategies for the health industries practice and has participated on the steering board of the World Economic Forum "Working for Wellness" initiative. He chairs the AAA Quality Initiative Work Group and serves on the board of the Northeast Business Group on Health.

About Health2 Resources
Founded in 1998, Health2 Resources is a full-service communications and public relations firm that exclusively serves health care clients throughout the U.S. by offering a full range of research and public relations support. It works closely with local, state and federal policymakers and regulatory agencies to build and improve relationships on behalf of a mix of clients that buy, pay for, provide and evaluate health care. Visit Health2 Resources at http://www.health2resources.com.

About the Primary Care Learning Network
Health2 Resources' Primary Care Learning Network is a vehicle for health care thought leaders to share ideas and analysis through forecast briefs, white papers, webinars and other media. The PCLN amplifies leading-edge voices and offers a learning hub for payers, providers and employers seeking penetrating insights into health care challenges and solutions. Contact Health2 Resources to learn more at http://www.health2resources.com.

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