20 Characteristics of a Successful Worksite Wellness Program

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
This session will show you how you can reduce your company's health care costs, absenteeism, presenteeism and turnover, while increasing productivity & morale.

Research on the effectiveness of work-site wellness programs has shown that both companies and their employees can benefit greatly. A Harvard meta-analysis study of 22 workplaces found that companies who provide wellness programs have an average return on investment of $3.27 to 1 due to reduced health care costs and a return on investment of $2.73 to 1 due to reduced absenteeism. This session will address the many factors to be considered in the design and implementation of a best in class work-site wellness program. It will also examine the challenges an organization may face, the array of options a company can choose from & strategies necessary to ensure that the work-site wellness program is properly funded and ongoing.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Don Powell


Dr. Don R. Powell is the President and CEO of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The Institute is a leading developer and provider of health management programs and self-care publications.

Dr. Powell is a licensed psychologist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He also taught in the University's Psychology Department for eight years where he was nominated for the "Distinguished Teaching Award" and presently serves as a guest lecturer. Dr. Powell is considered to be one of the country's foremost authorities on the design and implementation of community and corporate health education programs. He is the author of fourteen best-selling self-care books including Healthier at Home®, the HealthyLife® Self-Care Guide, which was the winner of the National Health Information’s “Excellence in Health Education Award” and A Year of Health Hints. He gave 110% in writing his latest book Best Sports Clichés Ever which Sports Illustrated called “a home run." He also wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column and has published many professional articles.

Westgate Ballroom C
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
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