Wellness Programs on the Rise for Healthcare Organizations

June 4, 2012    

According to the newly released 2012 Compensation Data Healthcare survey results, healthcare organizations are providing considerably more options to their employees in regard to health and wellness programs. With prevention becoming the buzzword, healthcare organizations have taken steps to increase their employees’ health and wellness through various programs. The two programs that show the most change are weight management and access to a physical fitness facility. In 2011, 52.3 percent of organizations offered weight management programs compared to 57.6 percent in 2012, while 46.4 percent of organizations offered access to a physical fitness facility in 2011 compared to 51.9 this year.

“Employers are recognizing the importance of healthy living for today’s workers,” said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys, the nation’s leading pay and benefit survey data provider. “Organizations are increasingly offering programs to support employees’ total wellness.”

Many healthcare organizations also offer rewards and incentives for participating and succeeding in their health and wellness programs. The number of organizations reporting giving away debit cards, gas/phone cards, prescription discount cards and travel packages has decreased. However, the number of organizations reporting using medical premium contributions as a reward has increased significantly from 33.2 percent in 2011 to nearly 39 percent in 2012. The amount of organizations reporting utilizing insurance discounts as a reward also increased from 34.8 percent last to 35.5 percent in 2012.

The three biggest forms of alternative treatments offered remained the same as last year with chiropractic, nutritional counseling and acupuncture respectively taking the top three spots. Chiropractic treatments were offered by roughly the same percentage in 2012 as 2011, while acupuncture rose to 25.6 this year, compared to 22.6 in 2011. More than 36 percent of healthcare organizations are now offering nutritional counseling, a slight increase from 35.8 percent in 2011.

About the Survey
Compensation Data 2012 Healthcare contains data on 225 industry specific job titles and 400 benchmark job titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. Data was collected from nearly 8,200 healthcare providers reporting on 5.1 million incumbents. Companies in other industries provided data on 400 benchmark titles for more than 27,000 locations across the country. The results provide a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefit information and pay practices with an effective date of January 1, 2012.

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 the compensation and benefits surveys, contact Michelle Willis at (800) 300-9570.

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