New Gilsbar White Paper, "It's Elementary My Dear Watson"

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Healthier People Cost Less and Produce More

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Gilsbar’s recent white paper, “It’s Elementary My Dear Watson,” written by the President of Health & Life, Doug Layman, provides valuable insight into the concept that healthy people cost less and produce more. Doug argues that health management programs depend heavily on changing human behavior, but that motivating employees to change requires simplification on the side of employers. “Let’s stop wondering why employees don’t take care of themselves or why they don’t engage and let’s start focusing on clear, simple, and measurable objectives,” Doug notes. There are four main steps employers should take to create healthy people who produce more:

  • Create a long term plan and commitment to the employee population – make sure the entire organization understands the employer commitment to their employees by sharing the plan and long term goals.
  • Focus on the current and future risk of the population – collect data on the employee population so health improvement strategies can be customized to these employees.
  • Engaged or Enraged, it’s a fine line – focus on employees who are engaged in the program and keep things simple to avoid participant frustration.
  • Validation and Measurement – determine how success will be measured prior to starting the program and remain consistent.

The correlation between companies who follow similar steps and those who deliver strong financial returns is compelling. Companies who invest money in their greatest asset, their employees, will see the positive results.

To read this white paper in its entirety, please visit to download a copy now.


About Gilsbar, LLC
Established in 1959, Gilsbar, LLC® is one of the largest privately-held insurance services organizations in the country. Recognized as a catalyst for creating healthy businesses, Gilsbar, LLC® offers self-funded and fully-insured benefit plan management services, along with Wellness, Advocacy, and overall Population Health Management. Gilsbar, LLC’s integrated delivery model improves the health and well-being of its members, resulting in significant health plan savings for its clients.

Gilsbar, LLC® has been honored by Inc. magazine for its sustained growth, Modern Healthcare and Business Insurance magazines as a Best Place to Work, and WELCOA and the American Heart Association for its proven wellness methodology.

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