It would seem a lot of employers have wellness programs in place these days. Wellness programs have shown useful to reduce health care premiums, and keep employees happier and healthier on the job. In some cases employers have shown where it has reduced the amount of sick time taken.
I've also heard rough numbers about employers receiving anywhere from $4 to $6 in savings for every $1 they put towards wellness. When you're talking about that kind of savings, even the toughest critics raise an eyebrow. There are, of course, various perks to get employees to participate from simple cash payouts to gift cards to drawing for trips and all kinds of fancy stuff - the proverbial carrots if you will.