Posts Tagged ‘corporate wellness’

Ten More Tips for a Successful Wellness Program

Monday, July 14th, 2014

We can’t say it enough, a successful wellness program can benefit both employees and companies in drastic ways. With reduced healthcare costs for both employee and company, more productivity at work, and less absenteeism, workplace wellness has been shown time and time again to be a smart investment in a time of rising healthcare costs.

Here are 10 more tips for implementing a successful wellness program:

1. Understanding your workforce: Reviewing items such as prior health insurance claims, health assessments, and employee surveys can help you to understand what concerns your employees have with their health.

2. Create a plan: All programs should have some kind of plan in place, start by developing a plan with both short and long term goals, along with a budget and expected outcomes.

3. Include everyone: Make the plan available to all employees and their spouses/domestic partners.

4. Offer biometric screenings: Many employees do not know the current status of their health. Offering screenings during work time or during company health fairs allow more employees to participate in screenings.

5. Select wellness leaders: Set up a wellness committee with wellness leaders to help drive wellness programs. Choose highly respected employees.

6. Communication: Communicate your wellness program as much as possible with things like, company emails, flyers, and in-person meetings.  Employees can only participate if they know the details.

7. Offer incentives: Gift cards, reduced premiums, cash bonuses and discounts on various health and wellness based incentives (i.e. gym memberships) will significantly increase employee participation.

8. Provide employees with digital tools: Online, mobile, and tablet updates can help employees keep track of their health and healthcare costs.

9. Track results: Assess your wellness program on an annual basis. Assess both the costs benefits with your healthcare provider as well as evaluating employee participation.

10. Solicit Feedback: Remain flexible and listen to your employees. Your employees are your foundation for a solid wellness plan.

Following these tips can help maximize your employer sponsored wellness program.  Thanks to Southern Florida UnitedHealthcare President Nicholas Zaffiris for the tips.

Both the CVS/pharmacy and Whole Foods Market gift cards make perfect incentives for your employee wellness program. Learn more about our corporate gift cards here!

Inside the World of Corporate Wellness

Monday, June 9th, 2014

inside corporate wellnessCorporate wellness programs have become popular in recent years. Simply put, corporate wellness is any health initiative or program within a company that focuses on promoting good health and employee comfort, rather than dealing with poor health and low morale at a later date.

It should come as no surprise that most of the companies on the top 100 companies to work for list, year after year, offer corporate wellness programs. Companies that offer corporate wellness programs are striving, and people enjoy working for them. Not only do companies that offer such programs have happier staff, but they end up doing better financially.  Research shows that for every $1 spent on corporate wellness, a company saves $4 in sick time, health costs and overall work productivity.

Top Corporate Wellness Programs 

Google is regularly on the top 100 companies to work for list. In fact, it has topped the list for several years. It makes sense then, that Google also has one of the most comprehensive wellness programs in the industry. The company offers on-site gyms, healthy eating options in the dining area, fully paid sabbaticals, volunteer opportunities, and health classes and screenings. SAS, a software developer, comes in at number two on the list. The company offers their employees on-site child care and fitness centers, a multitude of medical staff on-site, reimbursed gym memberships, healthy eating options and dietician services. With compressed workweeks, job sharing, 100% health coverage and paid sabbaticals, The Boston Consulting Group comes in at number three on the top companies to work for list. While these three companies are worlds apart in many ways, they share one common factor; solid wellness programs that ensure their staff is working to the best of their abilities.

Creating a Wellness Program 

It is understandable that not all companies are going to be able to offer the same perks as Google. Google is a behemoth in the business world, with untold amounts of money to spare. Smaller companies, clearly, will be unable to procure the “campus-style” structure of Google, nor will they be able to offer the round-the-clock day care services that SAS gives to their workers, but every company can instill a wellness program that is sure to raise productivity and boost morale. To begin a wellness program a company must work to better understand their internal culture. Once the internal culture is understood, a better understanding of what the employees need out of a wellness program will arise. Before you begin a wellness program ask these questions;

  • What do my employees really need out of a wellness plan?
  • What is the corporate culture in my office?
  • What incentive will work best for my employees to get healthy?
  • How can a wellness program best benefit the employees and employer collaboratively?

Once you’ve answered those questions you can begin working out a wellness plan that will work best for your company and your employees. For example, if you can not offer a gym on-site, because you simply don’t have the sprawling campuses that large corporations do, then consider offering gym reimbursement options. Employees who are reimbursed for this expense are more likely to utilize it. If you can’t offer on-call medical staff, consider offering regular screenings at different parts of the year. For example, after the summer offer a skin cancer screening. Prior to the winter months offer a cardiovascular health screening.

Using Gift Cards in Your Wellness Program 

Gift cards can also be used in wellness programs. Gift cards are an easy way for companies that do not have the space, nor resources to allocate to wellness programs to get more involved in the health and wellness of their employees. Gift cards can be used in lieu of a company dining experience. If employees are offered gift cards to healthy eating options they are more likely to use those options, than to stop by a fast food location on their lunch hour. Alternatively, gift cards can be used as incentives for employees to get healthy and be rewarded for it. Gift cards can also be given for pharmacies and other health outfitters that will help your employees get on a healthier track.

The Bottom Line

While not all companies have the space, time or monetary resources, to institute an all-inclusive wellness program, there are plenty of ways to get a wellness program started, even in a small company. In the end, wellness programs are shown to actually save companies money, boost morale and raise productivity. Every company, both large and small can stand to have revenue saved, morale boosted and productivity raised. In the end, it is a win-win situation.










Wellness Programs Shown to Increase Company Profitability

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Working on and measuring savingsConsidering setting up a wellness program for your employees?  New evidence shows that an investment in a wellness program returns two to five times the cost, directly to the bottom line.  For every dollar invested companies are saving between $2 and $5 on healthcare benefits and sick leave payouts.  Wellness programs also improve overall employee engagement.

Healthy employees are more productive in the workplace and cost the employer less.  While absenteeism is the most noticeable, the bigger threat to employers is “presenteeism”.  Presenteeism consists of those employees that continue to come to work every day when they are not healthy, whether mentally or physically.

Though these employees are at work, they aren’t really there.  Heavy workloads and also feeling compelled to be at work when they do not feel well in order to satisfy clients, co-workers, and superiors results in presenteeism.

Employee engagement also ties into presenteeism, as the presentee employee is found at the low end of the engagement scale.

A comprehensive program is needed when setting up a wellness program. Ideally a wellness program is designed by the employees themselves by surveying factors such as work-life balance, respect from superiors, and clear leadership and expectations. Many wellness issues are interconnected to employee engagement, such as bad bosses and a toxic work environment.

It’s vital for employers to consider connections between their current wellness programs and employee engagement programs and how they are both strategic ventures for their organization.

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Quick Guide to CVS/pharmacy Gift Cards

Monday, March 31st, 2014

cvs cardsQuick Guide to CVS/pharmacy Gift Cards

Our CVS gift cards offer a variety of options for a variety of rewards. With over 7,600 locations in the U.S. carrying a wide range of everyday essentials, what better way to motivate your members or employees than through one of our CVS gift card options? From co-pay costs to beauty products, they cover all of the must-haves. Here are our different CVS gift cards:

CVS/pharmacy Gift Card:

Available in denominations from $5 to $500

The CVS/pharmacy gift card lets cardholders purchase thousands of items, including those from the pharmacy.

CVS/pharmacy Select Gift Card:

Available in denominations from $5 to $500

The CVS Select card is designed to promote wellness. It works the same as the CVS/pharmacy gift card, except it only lets the holder purchase healthy items. That means that, while it works on everything from co-pays to baby products, it actually filters out unhealthy items, including candy, alcohol and tobacco products.

To order or learn more, visit our CVS/pharmacy gift card page.

Reach Peak Office Performance with Employee Wellness

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Athlete’s Performance made a name for itself training elite athletes (think NFL and MLB players) in their off-seasons. Athlete’s Performance had recently gone through a rebrand, becoming Exos, and focusing on helping employers reach the maximum potential in employee wellness  in their workforce, both in the gym and in the office.

Taking the Athlete’s Performance philosophy of intense fitness and rising to the top of the clients field transitions directly into Exos’ broader reach theory. Helping employers successfully introduce, apply and follow through on the promise of a wellness program benefits employer and employee insurance costs. Ensuring each employee has their own individual experience and plan to succeed while contributing to the greater goal of the organization is where elite athletics meet employee wellness.

Are you treating your employees to elite wellness? Check out more on how to reach your office’s “peak performance” with this article from FastCompany. 

Last 2 Days to Register: WEBINAR – Complying with PPACA & Building a Successful Incentive Program

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Join Gift Card Partners and CVS/pharmacy on Tuesday November 19th, at 2:00 PM EST, as we host a live webinar in conjunction with the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress titled: Wellness in the Corporate Environment and Complying with PPACA; How to Build a Successful Gift Card Incentive Program. Presenting will be Ralph Lardieri, wellness manager, Wawa, Inc., Judith Wethall, shareholder, Littler, Finn Pressly, Associate, Mendelson and moderating the Q&A session will be Edward Shulkin, president, GiftCard Partners. How do you plan to improve your workplace wellness program in 2014?

About the webinar
Tuesday November 19th, at 2:00 PM EST: Wellness programs are an effective method to maintain group health plan costs and motivate employees to take control of their health, while assisting employees to lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Employers seek solutions by offering incentives that are tangible, easily accessible and tailored to the employees work/life balance for voluntary participation.

Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, navigating the legal landscape of wellness programs and incentives could be treacherous. However, the Affordable Care Act seemed to be a clear endorsement of standards-based wellness programs by the government. PPACA generated even more opportunities to get creative with these wellness programs, but it is important to understand the risks.

We will address:

  • Changing an employee’s poor health habits by providing powerful motivators
  • Creative strategies on how to implement a successful corporate wellness program utilizing gift card incentives
  • The permitted incentives for standards-based wellness programs, and the associated
  • requirements to ensure PPACA compliance
  • Other laws that might impact wellness programs, including the ADA and GINA
  • Rewards and consequences that employers may face using gift card incentives

Who Should Attend:

  • Agents
  • Brokers
  • Consultants
  • Human Resources Executives
  • TPA
  • MGUS
  • PBMS
  • Insurance companies
  • Health plans
  • Government agencies

WEBINAR: Complying with PPACA & Building a Successful Incentive Program

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Join Gift Card Partners and CVS/pharmacy as we host a live webinar in conjunction with the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress titled: Wellness in the Corporate Environment and Complying with PPACA; How to Build a Successful Gift Card Incentive Program. Presenting will be Ralph Lardieri, wellness manager, Wawa, Inc., Judith Wethall, shareholder, Littler, Finn Pressly, Associate, Mendelson and moderating the Q&A session will be Edward Shulkin, president, GiftCard Partners.



About the webinar
Tuesday November 19th, at 2:00 PM EST: Wellness programs are an effective method to maintain group health plan costs and motivate employees to take control of their health, while assisting employees to lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Employers seek solutions by offering incentives that are tangible, easily accessible and tailored to the employees work/life balance for voluntary participation.

Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, navigating the legal landscape of wellness programs and incentives could be treacherous. However, the Affordable Care Act seemed to be a clear endorsement of standards-based wellness programs by the government. PPACA generated even more opportunities to get creative with these wellness programs, but it is important to understand the risks.

We will address:

  • Changing an employee’s poor health habits by providing powerful motivators
  • Creative strategies on how to implement a successful corporate wellness program utilizing gift card incentives
  • The permitted incentives for standards-based wellness programs, and the associated
  • requirements to ensure PPACA compliance
  • Other laws that might impact wellness programs, including the ADA and GINA
  • Rewards and consequences that employers may face using gift card incentives

Who Should Attend:

  • Agents
  • Brokers
  • Consultants
  • Human Resources Executives
  • TPA
  • MGUS
  • PBMS
  • Insurance companies
  • Health plans
  • Government agencies

Corporate Wellness, Foster a Culture of Health in the Workplace

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Whether you’ve just implemented a corporate wellness program or have had one in place for years, one thing to pay close attention to is the culture of health that it creates in your workplace. Without it, your program is like a boat on dry land…not really going anywhere.

Company culture is built from the top down. One great way to show management’s support in your corporate wellness program is by encouraging employees to make and keep “health-goals”, like losing weight, joining a smoking cessation program and quitting, joining a gym, etc.  Rewarding employees for these milestone achievements in their health is a great motivational tool and using healthy incentives brings the process full circle. Healthy incentives can be any number of things and don’t need to break the bank either. Small denomination gift cards to health-focused  stores like CVS/pharmacy or Whole Foods Market are a great way to reward. Get more healthy gift ideas on a budget from Health.com’s 50 Healthy Gifts Under $50.

Check out this article in Corporate Wellness Magazine to learn more about employee motivational tools and creating a culture of health.

Corporate Wellness: Fostering Employee Health in the Workplace Through Meditation

Monday, September 16th, 2013

The answer for the slow, tired feeling at work used to be reaching for a cup of strong black coffee but for a well-known company in California the cure comes from something a little more natural, meditation. Meditation is a growing trend, not just with Google, but with several other big names like of Twitter and Facebook that are making contemplative practices key features within their companies.

“Across the Valley, quiet contemplation is seen as the new caffeine, the fuel that allegedly unlocks productivity and creative bursts,” writes Wired writer Noah Shachtman in his article Enlightenment Engineers.

You don’t need to be a company as large as Google or Facebook to take advantage of this growing trend. Yo-Fi Wellness is a company devoted to employee wellness and offers the latest in corporate wellness incentives for companies of any size. Meditation, yoga, fitness and nutrition are all offered on their online platform, bringing healthy living initiatives to employees through inspiring and instructive video programs.

Corporate wellness is directly related to a company’s bottom line so it’s important to find the best way to incorporate it in your organization. Set a tone of health with your employees. Whether it be through education, engagement or motivation with incentives, find out what works best for them.

Using Corporate Wellness to Cover the Cost of Stress

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Stress in the American workplace is front and center for organizational leaders at companies of all sizes across the country. Management is constantly balancing the general stress that comes with work, and the negative effects that stress has on company culture and employee health. As corporate wellness initiatives gain prevalence as a solution to the cost of stress here are some staggering statistics that illustrate the importance of corporate wellness and stress management in the workplace.

  • According to the World Health Organization, the monetary cost of stress on American businesses is as high as $300 billion, and climbing
  • Recent studies from Harvard Business School indicate American employers spend 200-300% more for the indirect costs of health care, hit on costs of absenteeism, sick days, and lower employee productivity, than those companies spend on actual health plan costs
  • The CDC estimates that 75% of all health care spending is on chronic, but preventable illnesses

Statistics like these prove the case for corporate wellness in every workplace. No matter the size of your company, or healthcare budget corporate wellness proves out its ROI based on recent research. Using simple tactics like offering incentives to employees for healthy behavior that mitigates risk factors for preventable, yet costly stress related illnesses such as obesity, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Rewarding employees for reaching health and fitness goals, like weight loss, or reaching and maintaining a healthy cholesterol level fosters an environment of corporate wellness that indicate to employees that organization wellness is important. The incentives given do not have to be big. Small denomination gift cards to healthy retailers like Whole Foods Market, NutriSystem, and GNC can still fit well within your budget, and help control the budget by improving corporate wellness across the board. Stress is an epidemic in our country and our workforce, using corporate wellness is an easy way to combat stress and all get better together.

For more information on corporate wellness and combatting the effects of stress in our workforce check out this article from Ariana Huffington of the Huffington Post.