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Group discussing wellness Barriers to wellness program success for smaller and mid-size companies include lack of personnel to deal with a wellness initiative and lack of organization structure to launch and manage a program. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If plan sponsors know anything, it’s that it can be difficult to entice plan members or employees into certain elements of a benefits plan.

Take “wellness,” for example. According to a report from the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California, Berkeley and TransAmerica Center for Health Studies, there are challenges to building strong participation for wellness programs even though employees want to improve their health. The keys for employers to know is that the programs must meet employee needs, programs are convenient and do not result in negative consequences.

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