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Wellness Programs on the Rise for Not-For-Profit Employers

Posted by Amy Kaminski on Sep 20, 2012 5:31:46 AM

According to the newly released 2012 Compensation Data Not-For-Profit survey results, employers are providing many options to their employees concerning health and wellness programs. With prevention becoming the buzzword, organizations have taken steps to increase their employees’ health and wellness through various programs.

For years, wellness programs consisted of traditional options such as weight management, tobacco cessation programs or offering flu shots and immunizations. However, recently other wellness options have become increasingly popular. Biometric screenings, which measure an individual’s blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol and blood glucose in an effort to identify risk factors, are a good example of this trend. In 2009, biometric screenings were offered at only 13.9 percent of not-for-profit organizations surveyed, compared to 41.7 percent in 2012.

“The upshot of a well-executed wellness program does not lie just with reduced medical costs,” said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys. “Many employers are experiencing a positive impact on their bottom line as a result of greater employee productivity and reduced absenteeism.”

Physical fitness facility access, onsite health clinics and offering rewards and incentives have also increased over the last few years. The percentage of nonprofits using medical premium contributions as a reward has increased significantly from 13 percent in 2011 to nearly 28 percent in 2012. Nearly 35 percent of participating employers reported utilizing health and fitness products as a reward 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. More than 95 percent of reporting employers offered chiropractic treatments, while 28.9 percent of participants are offering acupuncture this year. Nutritional counseling has gained popularity with not-for-profit organizations, increasing from 33.2 percent in 2011 to nearly 40 percent this year.

About the Survey
Compensation Data 2012 Not-For-Profit provides a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefits information and pay practices with an effective date of March 1, 2012. More than 100 industry-specific job titles and 400 benchmark titles were surveyed, ranging from entry-level to top executives, with data collected from more than 3,100 not-for-profit organizations across the country.

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.

Topics: dataLink, Not-for-profit, wellness

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