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"The single most important asset of any company is it's employees. Worksite wellness programas protect and enhance that asset and ths book shows how." Steven G. Aldana, Ph.D., CEO, WellSteps

About the Author

Bray is an author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising. She is co-author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home and also edits a number of Nolo's small business books. Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Masters degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington.
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Product Details

  • Series: Healthy Employees, Healthy Business
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; Second Edition edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413316255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413316254
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joanna D. #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2009
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Right now, there is a huge debate on how to cut the high cost of health insurance. One way employers are seeking to help reduce costs is by assisting employees to stay healthy. Healthy people are more productive, have fewer sick days and cost less for insurance. It's a win-win. No one likes being sick. There are simple things to do, outlined in this book, to promote wellness and some of the ideas don't even cost a great deal.

This book goes over some of the aspects of wellness (drinkers are often out Mondays and Fridays, people with minor illnesses take off rainy days.) There are a lot of interesting facts, such as a discussion of "presentee-ism" which is when people show up to work sick instead of staying home with an infectious illness. If there is an epidemic of flu, an employer concerned about wellness might consider making it clear that staying home when sick is better for the company and YOUR job than struggling in and making the entire department ill.

There are discussions of obesity and how to set up supportive programs to encourage employees to get fit. Even changing the vending machines to provide healthy foods. I think this is all helpful information--I can remember one employer who had their cafeteria reclassified as "factory" from "office" by their large corporate contracting department, and the people working there complained their soup and salad selections had been replaced by greasy burgers. This kind of awareness of how the employer fits into overall health is something that any managerial staff should take note of. There are also ideas for small businesses, who are definitely more affected if employee health and efficiency suffers. Great book, full of ideas to promote wellness and productivity.
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This book is great for anyone involved in "workplace wellness", whether out of humanitarian reasons, or in an effort to improve productivity. Nolo has many very good books, and more than their share of truly great ones (and they employ many of the workplace wellness practices mentioned in this book, so there may be a tie in there). This is one of Nolo's great ones. Very thorough, both in breadth and depth. Covers why businesses should promote employee wellness -- in a nutshell, healthy employees who are not overstressed are more productive and have fewer sick days (whether they are actually sick or not). Delightfully well written as well. Who would have thought that a book on employee wellness would actually be enjoyable, rather than just informative, to read?

Although it says the book was written by Ilona Bray, please note that there were many advisors, including Dr. Kenneth Pelletizer (clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona and the University of California School of Medicine); Dr. Albert Ray (Physician Director for Patient Education & Health Promotion at Kaiser Permanente), Rae Lee Olson (principal with Vita Benefits Group, an employee benefits brokerage & consulting firm), and many others.
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This book wasn't exactly what I was looking for. I guess I was hoping for a bunch of neat wellness ideas to add to a wellness program and innovative ways to motivate employees to make healthier lifestyle changes. The book had more on the legal aspects of wellness and insurance - which was definitely helpful because it was things I hadn't considered - but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. Overall, it was a useful book and I learned a thing or two.
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This is my first NOLO book by Ilona Bray. It's also my first NOLO book written on the boundary of issues for which one might engage an attorney. The relevancy of each chapter surprised me. Healthy Employees, Healthy Business is forward-looking regarding workplace policies to promote health and productivity.

The final chapter, Drafting Workplace Policies That Promote Health is an excellent wrap up and it's where the rubber hits the road. Topics covered are those we discuss with co-workers and family, the ones that make us anxious. Bray also covers what we dwell on when we're in the waiting room to see a general practitioner physician who will see us undressed.

We generally make exceptions for healthy habits when we're engaged in making a living. Work is often stressful, and we're often stressed a good portion of our lives as a result. Advice for employers to provide in practical terms physical, calorie burning activity is covered. The ideas presented are outstanding, yet implementation of them may be years away. This book might be futuristic, but if working standards improve we may see job environments like the ones advocated.

The book covers the topic of Health Screenings. A confidential Health Risk Assessment (HRA) form administered by an outside vendor is advocated. Health insurance companies often provide this service now, although I suspect participation rate might be low. One reason people don't follow through on recommendations such as regular exercise is they don't have enough time unless they can cut back on commitments.
Healthy Employees, Health Business is ahead of its time. It's loaded with all the concerns we all have about being physically fit while working lots of stressful hours.
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