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Monday, August 10, 2009

Study Finds Income Predicts Access to Wellness Programs

One of the things that makes corporate wellness fun is the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations--small and large, urban and rural, white-collar and blue-collar. Each company has its own unique culture, and we've yet to find two employee populations that are alike in every way.

A recent study out of Rutgers University, described in Employee Benefit News, divides the working world into the haves and the have-nots: Those with access to wellness programs at work, and those without. Level of education and socio-economic status were key factors. 46% of educated and affluent workers were offered wellness programs at work, compared to only 25% of employees with a high-school education or less.

Because many lower income workers aren't offered health benefits in the first place, it's not surprising that wellness programs are also out of their reach. But in addition to the obvious, the study authors also point out that low-income workers may "feel highly exposed and worry about anything that could jeopardize their job security."

This finding underscores the need for wellness professionals to emphasize privacy issues when promoting their programs.

So what do you think? Is wellness a luxury for the few, or are there ways to bring its benefits to everyone?

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