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An Outcomes-Based Incentive Program That Works

 

CORRECTION: An early posting of this blog, using information gathered in interviews, misreported Graco healthcare spending. Those figures are corrected here.

At Graco, a Minnesota-based manufacturer founded in 1926 that employs about 2,600 workers, its outcomes-based incentive program works. Why? Because at Graco, senior leaders “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk.”

Graco is a publicly-held company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, that manufactures pump and spray equipment for fluid handling in the construction, manufacturing, processing, and maintenance industries.  Pat McHale, the company’s CEO, worked his way up the corporate ladder, starting on the factory floor as a parts assembler. Because of his long tenure with the company, he possesses what is referred to as “street cred” among workers who view him as one of their own....Read More

Creating Cultures of Health in Small Manufacturing Companies

         In December 2013, my team and I traveled to companies throughout the United States to see firsthand how employers have instituted cultures of health within their organizations in order to improve the health and well-being of their workers. The conventional wisdom holds that large employers (those with many resources and large staff) can readily put workplace health promotion programs in place, but small employers, especially manufacturing companies, have a hard time doing so. It turns out that small manufacturers can, and do, have effective programs....Read More

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Making Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs "Work"

When businesses take stock of their employees’ health and well-being, they are often surprised by their findings: Most people are not exercising enough, a significant number are overweight and too many have risk factors—such as elevated cholesterol or high blood pressure—that can lead to heart disease, diabetes or other chronic illnesses. With an eye on curbing healthcare costs and improving workers’ health, businesses are increasingly turning to workplace health promotion (also known as wellness) programs as a way to encourage employees to exercise, eat better, quit smoking and reduce their risk factors for chronic diseases. In fact, about half of companies with 50 or more employees report that they have at least one health promotion program in place. For really large companies (more than 50,000 employees) this jumps to 90%. Despite this trend, a nagging question still remains; do wellness programs really “work”?...Read More