Take a look at the in-depth article, Workplace Wellness Produces No Savings at the Health Affairs blog. And make sure to read all the comments.
I’d like to personally extend my appreciation to Michael O’Donnell, Editor of the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP), for entering the debate and defending his position that workplace wellness does offer a positive ROI. As many of you know, I disagree with Dr. O’Donnell on this point, and am firmly on the side of Lewis, Khanna, and Robison (active in the comment section of the blog posting). The debate started in June 2014. Here’s a brief primer: AJHP study: Best research indicates workplace wellness programs lose money. (The actual article as it appeared in AJHP is linked in this source.)
Reasonable people can disagree, and can do so with emotion and conviction on important points. It’s about time this all started to come to the surface. We’ll all be better for the public discussion.
Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read and watch health messages to the public via workplaces. He bills himself as the “Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz” because, as he says, “I like to challenge the notion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Shawn is on a mission to tie workplaces into their surrounding communities to share resources and ideas in an effort to improve the health of all Americans.
You may reach Shawn at sconnors@HopeHealth.com or 800-334-4094.