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Aruba, January 26, 2016 - Employers spend a ton of money on wellness, yet many programs fail to engage employees over the long term. Emily Noll, national director of wellness with CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services, Inc. shares 10 reasons employees don’t like wellness programs. 

1. My Job is killing me.
Many employees already feel their job is a detriment to their health, which makes it harder to swallow a corporate wellness message, especially if the employer is asking for their employees to better manage their own health to reduce company costs.
2. My manager doesn’t get it.
One of the biggest drivers of engagement is the relationship between an employee and their boss. Unfortunately, many employees say that their boss is the last person on earth they want to spend time with. A manager can be instrumental in well-being conversations with their reports, but it will fall on deaf ears if there is not mutual respect and trust.
3. This program doesn’t help me. 
The most common “wellness” activities and rewards being offered by employers are fairly narrowly focused and often not relevant to employees’ well-being priorities. Wellness programs, just like people, need to be multi-dimensional. As well, employers should work with wellness vendors who can tailor content and activities to each person’s needs. The industry is moving away toward forcing people down a common path, particularly when it comes to screenings.
4. This program isn’t fun. 
Most employees would rather go to a happy hour with their colleagues than a biometric screening, right? Leverage the power of social groups and social media to add a dose of fun to clinical wellness activities. At your flu clinic, set up a basketball hoop and invite employees to “take a shot” for better health. For every basket made, the company adds a dollar to the participation raffle or donates to a charity. Don’t just ask employees to exercise three times a week, but also invite them to post a picture of them doing it, a.k.a. “Healthy Selfie.”