From awareness to action: Employee wellness

The inside story of how one employer tackled double-digit health-care increases
By Jennifer Hubbard
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2011

Organizations categorize many initiatives under the moniker of wellness, including recognition programs, time off in lieu of overtime and flexible work arrangements. While these may contribute to well-being, their relationship is indirect.

But approaches are emerging that are much more strategic and targeted at addressing health risks. Companies are starting to:

• use health-risk assessments to identify risk areas