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Survey: More companies investing in wellness programs

The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) yearly Employee Benefits Survey recently found that more businesses are investing in worker wellness programs, which includes health coaches, smoking cessation programs and insurance premium discounts for employees that perform health-risk assessments.

Evren Esen, the director of surveying programs at SHRM, explained that many employers believe they will see a return on investment by giving employees more benefits related to wellness programs, according to the Daily Journal.

“It may take three to five years before they see a difference,” said Esen, according to the source. “But it shows a return.”

However, other benefits are seeing a dip with companies such as long-term health care insurance, which only 24 percent of surveyors said they will offer in 2014, according to SHRM. The drop in long-term care insurance is down from 31 percent just four years ago.

“Companies had to do this anyway because of the recession,” Esen added, according to the Daily Journal. “They’ve been looking at their benefits and, rather than offering everything for everyone, they’re being more strategic.”

Wellness programs are increasing especially since the U.S. Center of Disease Control released a study that showed overall obesity in workers had reached nearly 25 percent.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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