Workplace wellness programs defended by physicians

Recently, wellness programs implemented by companies in an effort to promote health among employees and reduce insurance costs have come under fire from detractors. Some believe that these programs promote over-screening, a practice which can lead to false positives, patients taking unnecessary medications, and, ultimately, higher costs.

Despite this backlash, wellness programs continue to grow in popularity and in a $6 billion a year industry. The negative effects come when wellness programs rely on blanket standards that do not take pertinent factors such as age and individual risks into consideration when goals are being set. Some doctors have explained that the right programs, those that test for the right factors and are tailored specifically to individual employees, provide a useful tool in treating and advising patients.

If your company is interested in implementing a workplace wellness program that will truly benefit your employees in a meaningful way, our qualified team at WorkSTEPS has developed services that can meet your needs. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to discuss our training, wellness, and testing programs today.

Making the workplace a center for good health

Good health is imperative for an employee to do efficient and productive work. Healthy employees are vital for a successful company.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website, chronic diseases like hypertension and depression lead to the decline of the overall health of workers. Such situations may cause problems and lead to lower productivity and may also be the reason for an increase in absent days for employees.

Businesses nowadays have realized the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and promote a health-enthusiastic workplace. Ideally, the workplace should be a place of protection and safety for the employees’ well-being while also giving them a chance to maintain better health throughout their lives.

If your company is interested in creating a wellness program and is looking to become a center of good health, the qualified team at WorkSTEPS provides services that will be helpful to your business and its employees. Call us now at (512) 617-4100 to discuss the appropriate tests for your workplace.

Are wellness programs putting your privacy at risk?

The city of Houston started requiring their employees to disclose their disease history, blood pressure, drug and seat-belt use, and many other sensitive information to an online wellness company. As it turned out, the company is capable of making the private information available to the public, according to Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News.

Hancock also wrote on Kitsap Sun October 1 that the information may be “subject to re-disclosure” and “no longer protected by privacy law.”

More and more employers are looking into hiring workplace wellness companies to avoid the high cost of health care, but it pressures employees to disclose sensitive data. As of today, millions of workers find themselves in the same dilemma.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act restricts doctors and hospitals to divulge private data but not wellness contractors, apparently.

If your company is looking to hire a workplace wellness program that is tested and proven over the past decades, you may want to speak with our team at WorkSTEPS. We have trusted and excellent programs that have been used for years and years by businesses. Call us now at 512-617-4100.