Wellness programs: they sound like a great way to decreasehealth care costs and improve employee productivity, at least on paper. Thereality has proven to be more complicated, with mixed reviews onwhether programs are effective or even target thepopulation most in need of assistance, not to mention concernsabout privacy and what a program can and can'tdo.

The Transamerica Center for Health Studies, in collaborationwith the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, hascreated a new resource to help.

Their free employer guide, “Finding Fit: ImplementingWorkplace Wellness Programs Successfully” designed specifically forsmall- and medium-sized organizations, does not prescribe onespecific program but offers steps to help employers identify whattype of wellness program is right for them.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.