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Credit (Reality) Check: Employee Wellness Extends To Financial Health

By Elizabeth Halkos - in Economics

Unexpected expenses are a fact of life. Whether it’s the washing machine suddenly breaking down or the car needing new tires, surprise bills hit us all. For those who are financially fragile - living from paycheck to paycheck and with little or no…

Financial Wellness – Giving Credit Where It’s Due

by Einat Steklov - in Economics

Corporate wellness programs have been designed to foster employee wellness in businesses across the board, ranging from manufacturing plants to academic institutions and across both large and small corporations.  Since their inception, however, corporate…

Decision Support Systems for Modern Plan Designs

by Andrew Brickman - in Economics, Technology

Benefit plan designs are changing. How can employers help their employees make the best decision at open enrollment? Consider these stats: Employees who are very satisfied with their benefits are almost four times more likely to be very satisfied with their…

How Current Wellness Program Metrics are Limited

by Kevin Power - in Economics

Wellness is a $6 billion dollar industry in the United States with more than half of all employers with at least 50 employees offering programs to improve the health and well-being of their employees. This figure, however, pales in comparison to the more than…

How to make evaluating your program simple.

How to Simplify Your Wellness Program Evaluation

by David Chenoweth, Ph.D. - in Economics

By: David Chenoweth, Ph.D. Among the events that continue to shape the dynamic, ever-changing worksite wellness industry, there certainly is a lot of discussion on program evaluation these days. For years, many organizations – especially larger employers…

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What is Financial Wellness?

by James Carlson - in Economics

According to Tom Rath and Jim Harter – leaders in workplace wellbeing research at Gallup – financial wellness is “effectively managing your economic life.” This simple concept encompasses many factors, including: Keeping spending within one’s means…

June is National Safety Month

National Safety Month – Preparing for the Unexpected

by Matthew Owenby - in Economics

Many Americans have a false sense of security and safety about injuries and prefer to believe they happen only to others. However, statistics prove most people are not as immune as they’d like to think: According to the Centers for Disease Control, there…

Why People Aren’t Prepared to Invest in a 401(k)

by Brian Hamilton - in Economics

As the old practice of offering employees a pension plan for retirement has faded, it’s been largely replaced by the rise of the employee-led 401(k). And as pensions disappear, American workers have begun to face the fact that most of their retirement outcome…

Protect your company and business from identity theft.

How to Protect Your Business and Employees from Identity Theft Risks

by Page Elliott - in Economics

Data breach and identity theft risks continue to plague businesses and consumers alike. Large-scale exposures—hitting organizations from nationwide retail and restaurant chains to multi-state hospital systems—are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes…

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The Value of Disability Insurance

by Matthew Owenby - in Economics

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, which is an ideal time to make sure employees are educated about the advantages of disability insurance. It’s important that employees are protected with help from this type of voluntary insurance, especially…

Extending the value of your dollars for your wellness program

How to Extend the Value of Your Health and Wellness Programs

Over the past decade, the workplace wellness field experienced a growing awareness of the influence of organizational culture and environment on employee health. It is not enough to implement a wellness or well-being program without also attending to the health-related…

A tanning bed, one of the many services facing a new health tax.

Burned by Politics and Bad Intentions: The Tax on Personal Wellness

Michael D. Shaw - in Economics

As a scientist, and as the author of this piece about the facts concerning skin cancer, I find myself compelled to update that article; to write a "Part Two" about the dangers of politicizing science, in addition to the individual consequences – to men…