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that it's in their best interest to help give their employees tools to be healthier?<br><br>
Good health coverage, gym reimbursement or on-site gym, stuff like that. Ultimately, it works out better for them, right?
 

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My health insurance is okay, though they stopped our gym reimbursement. (I am only annoyed because we had it and it got taken away). I'm just thankful for the decent insurance! But mostly, I just feel that most companies just care about how much work they can pump out of you, and not about creating a sustainable environment. Ultimately, it's best when they have healthier employees and less turnover!
 

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I have worked for several companies that took health and fitness seriously.
 

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Mine does too. What I mean is that lots of companies, including mine, do lots of things that seem to completely defy logic.
 

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they need studies to prove it though, correct? I'm assuming the studies show that healthier people cost less. I don't know. It makes sense. Are there studies that show that unhealthy workers are beneficial?<br><br>
 

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The DW's place of business has a contract with the YMCA that covers all the costs. The good news is that it also covers family members too.
 

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My place of work has a gym on site that offers spinning classes, yoga, pilates, meditation, and general aerobics. It's not free, but it's a good bit cheaper than any gym you could join.<br><br>
They also have a stop smoking program that just about anyone I know is elligible to participate in, for free*<br><br>
They even have lactation facilities with hospital grade pumps.<br><br>
BUT, they also have groups within its walls that have horribly unhealthy cultures (think 1950's), which IMHO can be worse for one's health than not having a gym.<br><br>
*although, I'm not certain that this isn't driven by the fact that they've banned smoking on campus and therefore smokers have to walk 5 minutes to get to a place where it's legal for them to smoke = hit on the company's bottom line when smoke breaks are 15-20 min instead of 5.
 

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yabut, that is just job security for the dispensers of good logic and common sense......like us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Somehow, I'm having trouble with the concept that I need to pay my employees to be healthy. I mean, if the spectre of dealing with diabetes or a heart attack isn't motivation enough, I'm not sure what is.<br><br>
If they don't care enough about it on their own, there's likely nothing I can do to change their minds.<br><br>
And I've got an on-site gym with a sign-in sheet. If memory serves, roughly 5% of my employees use it.
 

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Mine does. I run our wellness program, and it involves affordable (good) insurance, free rec center passes, lots of fitness/health challenges, the ability to get your whole deductible waived by doing certain things, paying people to get a blood draw and do an HRA, and training program that has six wellness classes with a bonus when you complete them.<br><br>
Our health insurance rates have not gone up in 4 years.
 

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Ah, but by paying them to encourage healthy behaviors, you can save in your health plan. We have a self funded plan, fyi.
 

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the self funded plan is a big part of it.....I bet there are statistics to back that up too.
 

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Definitely!!<br><br>
We feel that by encouraging good behaviors we are helping prevent chronic conditions, and we have disease management to help those who have them already. Plus they are highly encouraged to do all the other stuff.<br><br>
Since our plan is self-funded we have a lot more control. More risk, too, I believe...<br><br>
Our wellness program is my baby.
 

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Plus employees feel all these programs we offer are additional great benefits.<br><br>
Morale, money savings, healthier employees, etc...
 

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if they die off sooner, then yes, I can see this. If they stay just unhealthy enough to require long term need, then I can't see it.<br>
but I'm guessing the numbers back it up.
 

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We're self-funded with stop-loss coverage.<br><br>
Part of this whole deal depends on your audience. If you're dealing with professionals and skilled/semi-skilled labor, it has a decent chance of flying. My engineers and technicians would probably get it. The vast majority of my manufacturing folks, though? Notsomuch.<br><br>
One of the many reasons that we're going to robotics.
 
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