Some interest groups, however, are concerned that wellness programs have the potential to invade workers' privacy and punish people for health problems beyond their control. While it's important to design programs that support employees--not punish them--I hope their objections don't pursuade senators to abandon prevention. It's too important.
A recent article in USA Today addresses the challenge of introducing a wellness program for the first time. Employees deserve to know exactly how their health information will be used, so talk to them about it. Work with your wellness vendor to create an effective communication strategy that keeps them in the loop.