Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What is Known about the Key Components of Worksite Wellness Programs, Their Impact, and Facilitators of Successful Programs?

01/01/2014

This study addressed four questions:

·         What are the characteristics and prevalence of current worksite wellness programs?

·         What is the evidence for program impact?

·         What is the role of incentives under wellness programs?

·         What are key facilitators of successful wellness programs?

About half of all employers offer wellness promotion initiatives, with large employers being more likely to do so; uptake of worksite wellness programs has been limited; of those employers with over 50 employees that offer worksite wellness programs, and over two-thirds are using financial incentives to encourage uptake. Key characteristics of successful programs include:  effective communication strategies, the opportunity for employees to participate, engaged leadership at all levels, use of existing resources, and relationships and continuous evaluation.

Report Title: Workplace Wellness Programs Study
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/13/WorkplaceWellness/rpt_wellness.cfm

Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Joelle Robinson, 202-205-8841
Performer: RAND
Record ID: 9640

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