Wellness programs take time to show results, experts say

05/17/2013 | Bloomberg Businessweek

Wellness program incentives and penalties are popular but outcomes data are mixed. Bruce Elliott of the Society for Human Resource Management says companies need to give initiatives at least a few years to show success. Smoking-cessation and employee vaccination programs are easy ways to improve health and lower costs, but Elliott said it still takes three to five years for smoking-cessation programs to show results.

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