Wellness Programs on the Rise in Manufacturing & Distribution

July 25, 2011    

With prevention becoming the buzzword, manufacturing and distribution organizations have taken steps to increase their employees’ health and wellness through various programs. The newly released 2011 Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution survey results show that programs offered to improve employees’ health have increased in many areas. Two programs showing the most change are organizations offering health risk assessments and weight management. In 2010, 56.9 percent of organizations offered health risk assessments compared to 62.9 percent in 2011. Only 37.6 percent of organizations in 2010 offered weight management programs, but 45.8 percent reported offering this program in 2011.

Along with the increase in organizations offering rewards, the allotment of these awards has changed in the last year. The number of organizations reporting giving away HSA/HRA contributions and rewards of health and fitness products has slightly decreased. However, the number of organizations reporting using gift cards as a reward has increased from 37.9 percent in 2010 to 40 percent in 2011. The amount of organizations reporting utilizing insurance discounts as a reward also increased from 31.2 percent in 2010 to 36.5 percent in 2011, while 29.3 percent of organizations awarded medical premium contributions compared with 25.2 percent in 2010.

The three biggest forms of alternative treatments offered were chiropractic, nutritional counseling and acupuncture. Chiropractic treatments were offered by 96 percent of organizations. Nutritional counseling was offered by 29.2 percent of organizations, and acupuncture treatments were offered by 25.7 percent of organizations.

About the Survey
Compensation Data 2011 Manufacturing & Distribution surveyed more than 100 industry-specific job titles and 350 benchmark titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. Data was collected from nearly 1,100 manufacturing and distribution employers reporting on more than 9,500 locations across the country. The results provide a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefit information and pay practices with an effective date of February 1, 2011.

Compdata Surveys is the nation’s leading compensation and benefits survey data provider. Thousands of U.S. organizations provide data each year ensuring the reliability of our results. Compdata Surveys has been providing comprehensive data at affordable prices to organizations from coast to coast since 1988. For further information about their compensation and benefit surveys, contact Michelle Willis at (800) 300-9570.

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