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Corporate Wellness Programs

Corporate Wellness Programs

Linking Employee and Organizational Health

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Corporate Wellness Programs offers contributions from international experts, examining the planning, implementation and evaluation of wellness initiatives in organizations, and offering guidance on how to introduce these programs into the workplace. Previous research evidence surrounding corporate wellness programs is reviewed, to illustrate reduced health care costs, higher levels of employee well-being, greater work engagement, higher levels of performance, and financial gains on well-being investment costs. In this innovative book, various chapters examine the planning, implementation and evaluation of corporate wellness initiatives with guidance on how to introduce these programs in one’s workplace. In addition, organizational case studies highlight best practices and lessons to be learned from them.

Chapter 9: Practical approaches to health improvement in corporate wellness programs

Rebecca K. Kelly and Melondie Carter

Subjects: business and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour


The wealth of business depends on the health of workers. (Dr. Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization) Efforts to address poor health, rising healthcare costs, and chronic health conditions for today’s workforce often involves expense management and cost shifting. Today more and more companies are addressing the poor health of their workers through efforts of prevention and wellness with the expectation that investments in a healthy workforce will drive behavior change for employees and family members. Workplace health and wellness programs can result in impactful change, improved quality of life and productivity, as well as create a healthy culture. This chapter provides a review of the business case for employee health, practical approaches to health improvement, key components of a corporate wellness program and a case study demonstrating best practices in employee health improvement.

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