Dr. Joann Schaefer, senior vice president and chief medical officer, recently talked with the Midlands Business Journal about evaluating wellness programs. Here’s her advice:
“It’s important to have corporate policies supporting wellness at the worksite. Establishing a tobacco free workplace, incentivizing employees to get their recommended preventive health screenings, providing healthy snacks in vending machines and subsidizing fitness center memberships are a few ways to get started.
Blue Cross uses several metrics to evaluate the success of our program. We examine the program’s impact on participation/satisfaction, health risk migration, return on investment, job performance/productivity, the corporate culture, health knowledge and medical claims.
Since implementing our wellness program in 2006, tobacco usage has dropped from 20 percent to 8.1 percent in 2015. Also last year, 96.5 percent of the workforce completed the health risk assessment.
We’re very proud of our efforts and are more than willing to share with others to help improve workplace wellness.”