A study of the BJ’s Wholesale Club employee wellness program attracted a lot of attention in the media, but the most important facts about the study were overlooked.
“The model aims to answer the question: what is the effect of offering an individual the opportunity to participate in a wellness program?”
— From the study’s supplement (eMethods 3. Statistical Analysis)
Facty Fact 1: Worksites, Not Workers, Were Randomized
The BJ’s study was not primarily an evaluation of participation outcomes: Continue reading »
The BJ’s Wholesale Club study wasn’t the most important employee wellness research published last month. Let’s look at the Workplace Health in America Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When you put the CDC survey together with BJ’s Wholesale Club research as well as last year’s Illinois University worksite wellness study (both employers found that 12-18 months of wellness programming didn’t reduce healthcare costs or improve productivity) we get a more complete picture of relevance.
The CDC asked about companies’ employee health promotion programs. 2,843 respondents completed surveys — targeting whoever in the company was most knowledgeable about its wellness offerings — from a variety of employers.
Here’s some of what the survey found: Continue reading »