Workforce Health Engagement™

Workforce Health Engagement podcastWorkforce Health Engagement is a show exploring strategies to improve your employees’ health and productivity – and to protect your bottom line. Join us as industry experts discuss how to engage employees in population health management, wellness, and healthcare consumerism.

Workforce Health Engagement is a special series for CEOs, HR executives, and other business leaders about creating a culture of health and building on the latest trends in areas such as communication, epidemiology, disease management, benefit plan design, worksite clinics, price transparency, and more.

Over the long term, a “program of the day” won’t help you boost employee health, productivity, and your bottom line. For sustainable success, you need an integrated approach to workforce health engagement.

WHE09: What Pepsi’s 7-Year Experiment Teaches about Workforce Health Engagement

April 30, 2014

Earlier this year, the non-profit research group RAND Corporation released yet another study questioning the return on investment (ROI) of workplace wellness. RAND’s new study found that wellness can improve employee health and reduce costs, if the employer strategically engages employees beyond industry-standard lifestyle management tactics. Is it a waste of money and effort for […]

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WHE08: Boosting Health Engagement with Gamification | with Josh Stevens from Keas

April 29, 2014

One of today’s hottest trends in workforce health engagement is gamification. Gamification is the use of tactics inspired by games — especially video games — to engage people. Think about what makes video games so alluring and habit-forming for people … they’re fun, of course, but they also provide instant feedback, friendly competition, perhaps a […]

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WHE07: Pitfalls of Workplace Wellness: Does It Do More Harm Than Good? | with Al Lewis

April 28, 2014

As we discussed back in episode 4, in our interview with epidemiologist Tom Wilson, it’s a good idea to not have blind faith in wellness vendors, but to have a healthy dose of skepticism. For one thing, there are probably leaders and employees at your organization who are skeptical, so you need to anticipate their […]

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WHE06: Healthy Eating in the Workplace | with Alison Acerra from Guckenheimer

April 25, 2014

Many companies are spending huge amounts of health care dollars paying for treatment of medical conditions caused primarily by poor food choices. Then they spend money on top of that for wellness programs to encourage employees to make better food choices. But when you check the food options available in the company’s cafeteria and vending […]

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WHE05: New Tools for Health Care Consumerism | with Clayton Nicholas from Change Healthcare

April 18, 2014

Health care consumerism is a key part of most employers’ strategies for workforce health engagement. This involves tools, resources, education, and motivation to help employees and family members make decisions that optimize health outcomes and cost-effectiveness. What types of decisions? It could be choosing an appropriate hospital, a treatment type, a medication, follow-up care, whether […]

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WHE04: Does It Work? An Epidemiologist’s Surprising Answer about Wellness and Other Workforce Health Engagement | with Tom Wilson from Trajectory Healthcare

April 17, 2014

It seems common sense that investing in wellness and other workforce health strategies would be worth all the money and effort that employers are putting into them these days. But what is the actual evidence that there’s a return on investment? It’s wise to have a certain amount of skepticism about the vague promises we […]

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WHE03: Matching Employees with the Right Hospitals for Advanced/Specialty Care | with Rick Chelko from EdisonHealth

April 16, 2014

Through EdisonHealth, members of contracting health plans can gain access to heart, valve, spine, and transplant care at some of the highest-performing clinics and health systems in the United States.  The EdisonHealth Network contracts with first-rate hospitals and clinics, and then extends the exclusive benefits of these contracts to participating employers and health plans along […]

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WHE02: Wellness Communication & Education: Which Info & Messages Truly Help? | with Tom Rath

April 14, 2014

One of the most common components of a workforce health strategy is wellness communication and education … messages and information to motivate and equip employees and their families to avoid or reduce health risks, improve wellbeing, and prevent the development of serious (and expensive) health problems. Often a wellness program vendor, as part of their […]

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WHE01: 5 Components of Workforce Health Engagement

April 13, 2014

Workforce health engagement: improving the knowledge, decision-making, and behaviors of employees, their families, and organizational leaders to optimize health outcomes, control medical costs, and enhance workplace productivity. According to recent studies, the typical wellness or other workforce health program produces only minimal improvement in long-term employee health and health care costs. Some employers, however, have […]

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