Cultivating wellness may produce better results than incenting

There are many types of wellness programs employers may implement to encourage their workforce to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Yet, not all wellness initiatives are created equal, and the success of a program may depend on factors other than the initiative itself. According to Healthiest Employers, incenting workers to implement healthy eating and a fitness regime may not be the best long-term strategy for employers to reduce injuries and illnesses. Continue reading

Providing safety measures for obese workers

With the American Medical Association (AMA) recently classifying obesity as a disease, many employers are beginning to recognize the condition as a disability. While overweight workers are more likely to become injured on the job than their healthier counterparts, it is important for employers to encourage, rather than force, employees to become fit. Keeping staff members safe on the job is essential no matter their weight. Continue reading

Study looks at 2011 increases in employer workers compensation costs

Although many employers aim to reduce their number of workplace injuries and illnesses, they still can be subject to a workers compensation claim if an accident occurs on-site. According to a new report by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), total workers compensation costs increased in 2011 across the country. Continue reading