1. DETERMINE YOUR GOALS. Is your
aim to promote physical fitness? Reduce
health care costs? Retain employees?
Lower workers’ stress levels? A disease
management program may slow the
growth of health insurance
premiums but is unlikely to
help you prevent an employee
who doesn’t use it from leaving.
6 WAYS TO GET MORE FROM YOUR WELLNESS PROGRAM
2. ACTIVELY PROMOTE THE
PROGRAMS. Employees can’t take
advantage of benefits if they don’t know
they exist. Use multiple channels to get
the word out.
3. GET SENIOR LEADERS TO MODEL
WELLNESS BEHAVIORS. People will
be more likely to use the gym during the
day or schedule a walking meeting if
they see senior executives doing it.
as well as at its
facility in Bangalore,
India. Its leaders opened
the company’s frst onsite clinic
in 2006 predominantly to address ur-
gent care needs. However, a year later,
the focus shifted to primary care. “We
wanted to eliminate waste from the
ity care,” Bogorad says. The company
also offers financial assistance to
women trying to conceive and supports
them throughout their pregnancies so
they have a continuum of care.
Challenge: Since co-workers visit
the same facility, to guard employ-
ees’ privacy, the clinics are designed
so patients don’t see each other while
waiting for a doctor. Instead of sitting
in a communal waiting room, people
sign in at a kiosk and then proceed to
a private area outside of the doctor’s
ofce before their appointments.
Results: Bogorad estimates that
productivity savings from the onsite clinics have totaled $28 million.
In fact, the clinics have been so successful that operating them for other
companies has become one of Cerner’s
business lines. “We are our own R&D
lab,” she says.
A Kansas City, Mo.-based supplier of
health information technology solutions
with 22,000 employees in the United
States and over 28,000 worldwide.
What it offers: Personal wellness
coaches, assistance with fertility treatment expenses, guided meditation, nutrition management programs and reimbursements for health club fees.
Why: In 2006, the HR team realized
its health care costs were exploding and
would more than double by 2012 without
signifcant changes, according to Arielle Bogorad, senior director for benefts
The jewel in the crown: Cerner has
in-house medical clinics at its four lo-