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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:45 AM

 

What To Do When the Boss Catches Wellness Fever (Coercive 'wellness' programs)

Wellness programs are designed to bring down employers’ health insurance costs by preventing illness. Some provide gym memberships or smoking cessation programs. Others require workers to pay more for their insurance if they don’t get certain screenings. The most coercive programs require workers to meet health targets or pay a penalty.

“If employers are really concerned, why don’t they start with something they can control and provide a safe and healthy workplace?” asks Nancy Lessin, a health and safety specialist with the Steelworkers.

AT THE BARGAINING TABLE

- Insist that if management wants its workforce to be healthy, it should address all the factors under management’s control, rather than policing employees’ actions during their own time.
These include night shifts or rotating shifts, long hours, chemicals, repetitive motion, stress, and lack of control over workplace decisions. Management should make sure members have adequate time to eat and to take their breaks.

- Pooled risk. Remind management that the whole point of group insurance is that risk is shared across a population. That’s the opposite of hitting the sick with extra costs...

http://labornotes.org/2013/01/what-do-when-boss-catches-wellness-fever

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:40 AM

1. K to the fucking R

Great post.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:31 PM

2. My employer is big on this,

although I didn't find it coercive.

They offer a small bonus if you don't smoke ($10), $100 toward a health savings account if you fill out a questionnaire, the cafeteria offers buy 9 healthy meals, get the 10th free, hands free toilets and sinks, access to health coaches, they bring in grief counselors when either an employee dies or a big tragedy occurs in the area.

They have some healthy options in the vending machines, but I assume most people just go for the candy bars. I would prefer they get rid of the candy bars, but that's because chocolate makes me weak.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:55 PM

3. My suggestion after they adopted a "smoke free" workplace

was to adopt a "donut free workplace". The type II diabetes wellness group was many times the size of the smoking cessessation group, and vastly larger than the entire smoking population there. It landed with a thud.

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