Workplace Wellness


Why is workplace wellness important?

As part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s plan to control costs, improve quality, and expand access to health care, the Chamber believes that wellness and chronic disease management programs in the workplace play a critical role in improving the nation's health and productivity. As the largest purchasers of health care, employers are in a unique position to help provide leadership in the workplace wellness and health promotion space.

Workplace wellness programs are a win-win for both employers and employees. Employees who participate in workplace wellness programs tend to be fitter, more productive and have better morale than employees who do not otherwise treat their chronic conditions. Employers who offer wellness initiatives have achieved excellent returns on their investment - programs that follow best practice guidelines return $2 to $3 for each dollar invested. These savings can be used to pay employees higher wages, invest in further adapting benefits to specific employee population needs, and create more jobs.

Where can I get more information about setting up a wellness program?

Learn more about wellness programs and how to set up a workplace wellness program for your business. The toolkit contains the brochure Workplace Wellness Programs: Promoting Better Health While Controlling Costs. 

How has the Chamber highlighted the importance of workplace wellness?

In April, as part of National Workplace Wellness Week, the Chamber hosts an annual event emphasizing innovations in workplace and community wellness.

In April 2018, the Chamber hosted an event, Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: A Road Map to Program Success, where speakers discussed behavorial change, methods to address health disparities, and technological advances. At the Aligning Incentives for Better Health forum held in June, panelists highlighted the important role that businesses play as purchasers as well as social entrepreneurship.

In April 2017, the Chamber hosted an event, Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: A New Era, which highlighted trends in workplace and community wellness initiatives emphasizing strategies to influence behavior change; promoting mindfulness at work; and improving health through genetics.

An event summary accompanied with photos can be found here

In April 2016, speakers at the forum, Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: Aligning Business Goals With a Healthy Workforce, stressed innovative workplace wellness programs; how implementation of the health care reform law is impacting public health and strategies to influence behavior change; technological advancements and generational perspectives on health.

What are some of the workplace wellness publications has the Chamber produced?

In April 2016, the Chamber released, Winning With Wellness

This report discusses the characteristics of successful and effective workplace wellness programs, how workplace wellness can be a win-win for employers and employees, and the legal and regulatory parameters associated with these programs.

In January 2017, the Chamber released an executive summary of the publication. The executive summary is a one-stop resource outlining the 10 essential steps in designing a workplace wellness program, provides a chart that summarizes reports and case studies demonstrating employee satisfaction and social or financial ROI, and incorporates a series of tables that examine the legal and regulatory parameters associated with these programs.

Why are vaccinations important?

The average life span has increased, primarily owing to vaccines that have reduced the burden of infectious diseases. Safety concerns have led to a decline in vaccinations, causing the reemergence of infectious diseases like measles.

Children younger than 2 are among those at risk for vacine-preventable diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recommended-immunization schedule helps protect children against 14 diseases by the age of 2. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that most childhood vaccines produce immunity 90%-100% of the time.

In a population-based study of vaccination and disease rates between 1995 and 2001, when the routine immunization schedule is followed, 33,000 lives are saved and 14 million cases of disease are prevented.

Adults should also receive booster shots based on CDC's recommended guidelines. Those who do not receive them are at risk of getting and spreading disease.

What is the impact of biosimilars on the health care system?

For information on biosimilars, read Embracing Competition to Empower Biosimilars, by Wayne Winegarden, senior fellow in business and economics at the Pacific Research Institute.