Decreased morale or empowered employees: wellness programs vs OnPulse health management services

 By S Twigg

By S Twigg


The CDC defines workplace programs as, “policies intended to facilitate employee health, including allowing time for exercise, providing on-site kitchens and eating areas, offering healthful food options in vending machines, holding ‘walk and talk’ meetings, and offering financial and other incentives for participation.”

According to a study by MetLife, only 27% of employers offered a wellness program in 2005. In 2015, that statistic has sky rocketed to 79%. Given the dramatic increase within the last 10 years, one might assume the programs have been effective.

However, a recent posting indicated marked flaws in the utilization of wellness programs. Studies are finding that instead of the elusive “wellness” originally sought, employees are feeling the opposite.

Wellness programs have their pros and cons. In some scenarios, when administered well, they may prove worthwhile. However, the bottom line remains: OnPulse recognizes the ultimate goal is to educate, collaborate and support individuals with a long term goal to improve health.

See for yourself! Below you'll find several comparable key differences between wellness programs and OnPulse health management services.  We know the only way to improve health is by actively engaging people – to honestly, genuinely and sincerely create a healthy-life partnership. This is our mission.

Wellness Program              OnPulse Services


When you have to force employees to hit unrealistic benchmarks to receive financial incentives, you’re bribing them to feign interest in health care. Without engaging employees to genuinely care for their personal wellbeing, changes are only short-term.     


Create guilt and anxiety:

As anyone who has attempted to lose weight, dramatically change their diet or stop smoking knows – negative and self-defeating behaviors may precipitate further unhealthy habits and choices. Empowering people with the confidence to make healthy choices makes more sense.        


Loss of Productivity:

As the link above notes, 3.75%  of lost work time doesn’t include time employees spend changing clothes after their workouts, falsifying statements on HRAs, wait time for “coaching” and more. In addition, what about time spent making medical-related phone calls while on the job? Or head-space related to health care concerns and issues that distracts from work focus?



By collaborating with the individual, we create unique goals and a mutually agreed upon approach. In time, we revisit the goals and personal health care needs to adjust and update the plan. By respectfully gaining and maintaining trust, we support overall individual wellbeing.               


Create control and clarity:

Our care management platform allows the individual full access to their health team which includes MDs, RNs, advocates, insurance specialists, dieticians and more! Medical records, messages, tasks and appointments are easy to read and in your control. In addition, your entire care team stays in sync.


Increase Productivity:

Administrative duties to include appointment setting, researching physicians, calling (and holding and waiting and waiting) decreases productivity. Unnecessary appointments and costly duplicate tests can also take time away from work. Our physician-led care team efficiently and effectively streamlines care so individuals can focus on what is important.