If you find this move off-putting, you're not alone. Just take a look at the comments section of the Enquirer article! While tobacco use presents a serious health risk and increases health care costs, Humana's policy raises a serious question: When does a wellness program become too heavy-handed?
It's essential that wellness initiatives be seen by employees in a positive light, which is why we encourage clients to avoid harsh mandates and ultimatums. Instead, take a positive approach. Create an incentive structure that rewards active participation. Survey your employees and design programs that meet their specific needs.
What do you think about Humana's policy? I'd love to hear your views.