All 110 employees at Richard Industries in Cincinnati “were given financial incentives to sign up for the HumanaVitality wellness program, which has reduced absenteeism and resulted in workers being more productive,” Cheryl Neiheisel, vice president for human resources at Richards, told the Cincinnati Business Courier. She also argues that morale has gone up as a result of the program.
“The reason why we’re doing this is not only for financial impact on our renewal, but because we care about the health and wellness of our employees,” she said.
The 100% active participation rate at Richards is particularly striking. “Across all workplace wellness initiatives, an employer is doing exceptionally well to get even 25% active participation,” says Humana spokesman Jeff Blunt. “For most employers, 15% to 20% would be notable – and a great many are stuck in the single digits.”