Billions in venture capital dollars have flowed into the corporate wellness space over the last several years, giving rise to standalone-company-products that have really done nothing more than create fads and trends. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The concept and practice of wellness as a corporate-sponsored benefit is well-known and understood, but not without question and debate. Countless studies on program and plan efficacy, ROI, long-term impact, etc., have been performed, yielding mixed and conflicted results at best. Even the EEOC can’t seem to establish an acceptable definition of wellness.

For every positive benefit of such programs, it seems you can find an equally compelling negative. With that in mind, let’s examine some common sense factors that we do know.


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