Staff-wellness programmes yield little benefit, study shows

Nearly all the studies to date had been observational and have largely concluded that the programmes save some money for employers.
Nearly all the studies to date had been observational and have largely concluded that the programmes save some money for employers.PHOTO: WARGAMING.NET

NEW YORK • Companies have long embraced staff-wellness programmes as a way to improve workers' health and reduce overall medical spending, but a new study may prompt employers to rethink those efforts.

The study, published last week in Jama, a medical journal, looked at the experience of 33,000 workers at American retailer BJ's Wholesale Club over 1½ years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2019, with the headline 'Staff-wellness programmes yield little benefit, study shows'. Print Edition | Subscribe