5-Year Workplace Wellness Trends

I don’t think workplace wellness as it’s practiced today has much of a future. If you’re studying workplace wellness or plan to make a living trying to get people well at a workplace, I’d strongly suggest a plan B (suggestion below). Plan B is going to be much better. trendyworld

The term and the practice of “workplace wellness” will go away completely. If you use that term five years from now, nobody will know what you’re talking about. Give or take a couple years, either way. bjak

Wellbeing is a better term, but I think we’re all getting a bit “welled” out. Wellness might come to mean taking certain prescription drugs or vitamins, eating certain foods, or getting screened for disease at drug stores and other provider locations. The commercial product marketers are muddling the meaning of wellness. I think it will disappear from workplaces as a program element.

3 Reasons Why Workplace Wellness Will Go Away

1. Claims of healthcare costs savings due to wellness programs have been demonstrated to be erroneous. Thus, wellness never has, and never could have, reduced healthcare costs. That makes its stated reason for existing bogus.

2. Even if you believe (incorrectly) that wellness does lower healthcare costs, changes in healthcare coverage will result in it becoming mobile. Both political parties have strong areas of agreement on decoupling healthcare coverage from employment. Your healthcare coverage will follow you wherever you live or work. Most employers will have little interest in your healthcare costs. treecuttingbranchoutservices

3. The clinical focus of current wellness programs is running into privacy and discrimination issues. People in workforces subject to invasive wellness programs are revolting. Penn State is just the beginning.

Note: There may be some savings in managing chronic diseases, but disease management (DM) is not a wellness program, in my opinion. The potential DM savings, although significant in terms of the ROI of the programs’ costs, are limited because they’re based on loss reduction. They don’t directly add to the growth metrics of the business. I do think onsite clinics at larger employers is a growing trend.

What About Healthy Workplace Cultures?

There is a lot of talk about “healthy workplace cultures.” Very warm and fuzzy. Although we probably can tell a healthy workplace culture when we see it, how to reproduce one on any meaningful scale isn’t clear yet. I suspect it’s tied to the good, old-fashioned idea of great leadership within the core functions of the business.

If people enjoy where they work, they will be healthier and more productive. We’ll start hearing a lot more about job satisfaction, happiness, career satisfaction, fun, and enjoyment of work.

Shortage of Skilled Workers

As much as we hear about unemployment, the huge problem is there are not enough skilled people to fill the jobs available at growing businesses. There will be brutal competition to attract and keep skilled people.

Skilled people will also start their own businesses to build the culture they want around them. And also to become as rich as Midas. We’re in another cycle of new business formation. As these 21st century entrepreneurs build businesses of the future, these emerging leaders will provide many new and great examples of how to treat employees and support communities.

Note: I am a “glass-half-full” kind of guy. And it’s not because I see the world through rose-colored shades. I can even hang in there with old, jaded, cynical, big-city journalists in piano bars. My optimistic tendency is rooted in the fact that optimists have consistently been right about the power of our economy. And pretty much everything else. Day-to-day things are almost too terrible to bear. Over a decade, though, somehow life is much better than it was.

Telecommunication will be Huge!

The winter of 2013-2014 will probably give this trend a big boost. Letting employees work wherever they want, when they want, and to a large extent how they want (as long they are accountable for results) will be the secret “recruiting sauce” for many in the service sector.

There will be less commute time on the roads, reduced office space expenses, less down time, and no office politics. Work will be more outcome-based, collaborative, faster, and with hi For more info please visit these sites:-http://Daytimestar.com


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