Employee Wellness Sessions
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These sessions focus on the broad spectrum of implementing employee wellness, encompassing the physical, emotional and spiritual health of employees.

Tuesday, April 29 | 9:15am - 10:15am
The 5 Most Dangerous Trends in Employee Wellness (And What You Can Do To Avoid Them)

Speaker: Brad Cooper, MSPT, ATC, CWC, US Corporate Wellness

Employee wellness programs are essentially a "given" for organizations with 100 or more employees in 2014. Unfortunately, as they've grown in popularity, some dangerous trends have been developing. In this high value (and highly engaging) program, you'll learn to recognize the 5 most dangerous trends as well as the key steps to overcoming them. If you're looking for solutions you can apply immediately, this is a must-see event.
Learning Objectives:

  1. The potential value of a well-executed employee wellness program
  2. Why a generic approach to wellness does not produce results
  3. What it means to implement an effective wellness program & how to effectively evaluate a potential employee wellness program

Monday, April 28 | 11:45am - 12:45pm
Wellness Programs: A Trap for the Unwary

Speaker: Tiffany Downs, FordHarrison LLP

Wellness programs can come in all shapes and sizes and can be participation or outcome based.  There are different requirements that apply to each type of program.  Outcome-based wellness programs provide employees with a financial incentive only when they meet a specific health standard, rather than providing an incentive for merely participating in a wellness program. Outcome-based wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular for employers to manage healthcare costs and contribute to a healthier and more productive workforce. However, outcome-based wellness programs have certain legal compliance requirements that employers should be aware of or else the wellness program can be a legal liability.  There are several laws that apply to wellness programs, such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Americans with Disability Act, and Affordable Care Act.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Best practices for ensuring that your wellness programs are legally compliant
  2. Employment discrimination laws
  3. How to avoid legal pitfalls and penalties

Tuesday, April 29 | 2:15pm - 3:15pm
7 Strategies to Design and Reinforce a Sustainable Corporate Well-Being Program
Speaker: Holly Firestine, Healthways, Inc.

Healthy employees are the foundation for a thriving workplace and strong company. A successful, sustainable well-being program requires a multi-year strategy that focuses on company and well-being strategy alignment, employee and key stakeholder engagement, program measurement/establishment of return on investment, proper staffing and program and culture personalization. Attendees will learn 7 strategies to build and improve their corporate well-being program using tried and true business concepts. This session will provide tools and solutions to move beyond the tactical implementation of well-being to a broader, system wide effective business approach.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Devise and align corporate well-being strategy and planning with the overarching corporate/system strategy
  2. Develop key metrics for measurement of program effectiveness and return on investment
  3. Hardwire procedures and sustain well-being culture, programs and structure through employee and company engagement and personalization

Monday, April 28 | 3:40pm - 4:40pm
YOU, Yes YOU, Can be a Strategic Wellness Champion

Speaker: Jack Bruce, PHR, BIS Benefits, Inc.

One of rock’s most recognizable anthems is Queen’s 1977 hit “We Are the Champions.” When it comes to organizational strategy, it is those leaders who successfully direct their organizations in selecting, developing and implementing wellness programs who are the Champions.  But what does it take to be the Champion of Employee Wellness in an organization? Effective Strategic Wellness Champions are equipped with a well-rounded set of business acumen skills and grasp the significant role employee wellness plays in the organization’s operational and strategic planning process. They understand wellness is a business strategy and not simply a line item under comp and benefits. Regardless of title, they are leaders who, once they have implemented wellness, measure the success of the programs and continue to create environments where wellness flourishes and renews the organization’s culture. If you have a longing to enhance the alignment HR has with your organization’s strategic plan, this session is for you. Join us to start your journey toward becoming a Strategic Wellness Champion!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn the key personal competencies needed to successfully align wellness strategies with business strategies
  2. Attendees will discover the key roles leadership acumen and management play in implementing, directing and sustaining wellness strategies
  3. While learning about the personal traits needed to lead wellness strategies, attendees will also gain valuable insight on how to create a successful wellness program

Tuesday, April 29 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Art & Science of Behavior Change

Speaker: Stephen Wendel, Ph.D., HelloWallet

This presentation will explore the art and science of behavior change through an HR lens.  Dr. Wendel will show attendees how to apply the recent explosion of research in behavioral economics and psychology to their practical work as HR professionals. In particular, attendees will gain insight into the psychology behind behavior change and how it is applicable to HR, employee decisions, and employee communications. During the presentation, we will cover: what are the core psychological principles behind beneficial behavior change ("The Science"); how can you apply this science to HR, employee decisions, and communications ("The Art"); examples of how behavior change can be achieved at scale with technology in an HR context. The presentation draws from the research literature, HelloWallet's experiences developing and experimentally testing behavioral interventions, and from Steve's new book, Designing for Behavior Change.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how employees make decisions about benefits, and why many benefits communications are not acted upon
  2. Gain insight about the most effective ways to communicate with your workforce
  3. See examples of effective communications strategies and decisions support technology that promotes positive behavior change, especially around employee financial behavior

Sessions and speakers are subject to change.

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