With all the wellness money being thrown at programs and shoved down employees throats it only makes sense to step back and examine why so many pushes end up getting pushed back.

Health care costs more than 13 percent of payroll, and employers spend a lot of resources implementing strategies to reduce this number. But did you know the total costs of all major absence categories — including direct and indirect costs — average 35 percent of base payroll?

To reduce these numbers and save money your organization must examine both it’s culture and business cycles (daily, quarterly, yearly) and target programs that meet the needs of employees in different cycles.  That is how you can improve wellness and productivity while lowering costs.