HR Executive Online: Do Wellness Programs Work?

Forty-Seven Percent of Chief HR Officers Say Wellness Programs are Ineffective, According to New Consero Survey
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HR Executive Online: Do Wellness Programs Work?

Originally Published in HR Executive Online | October 21, 2013 | By Michael J. O’Brien

It certainly depends on whom you ask.

Nearly half (47 percent) of Fortune 1000 Chief HR officers believe their wellness programs are not effective, according to a new survey by Consero Group.

According to Paul Mandell, founder and CEO of Consero:

“Chief HR Officers seem to believe that employee health deserves a prominent place on their list of priorities. Given the time and effort put into educating staff about healthy living, it is surprising that such a significant number indicated they do not believe their wellness programs are effective.”

The results, reported as part of the 2013 Chief HR Officer Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group, also found 47 percent of Fortune 1000 Chief HR officers surprisingly reported that their organizations do not have a social-media policy.

Said Mandell:

The increasing proliferation of social media has given rise to an array of challenges for corporate HR departments, such as identifying what kinds of social media postings are punishable at work to the extent to which social media use is permitted in the office. The fact that nearly half of survey respondents said they do not have social media policies is not merely an area of concern, but a sign of significant potential liability.