According to a survey profiled by Employee Benefits News, only 57% of companies are "very confident" that they'll be able to offer health care benefits ten years from now--down from 73% two years ago. Researchers blame the economy, rising costs, and uncertainty about what health care reform would mean for businesses.
When it comes to wellness programs, the news is more encouraging. 93% of the companies surveyed say they have no plans to change or eliminate their wellness offerings. In fact, companies are investing in wellness more than ever before.
We've been working closely with a local technology firm for the past few months, and they are a case study of how to make wellness work. The initial biometric screening received far more participation than expected, and that trend has continued--with employees attending seminars, reaching out for health coaching, and visiting the online health portal we created for them in large numbers.
I'm delighted that companies are recognizing the value of wellness programs, but the next step is just as important--working with a wellness partner who can build engaging programs. Because every organization is different, a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn't work. We get to know clients from the ground up, and I believe that's why our programs are successful.
So what are your thoughts about this weekend's health care showdown? It's a controversial issue, so let me know what you think. Do you think reform will impact your company's benefits?