We are celebrating 20 years of business is workplace wellness. This year we are looking back and looking forward to the workplace, trends and changes (also a few predictions). What was the workplace like 20+ years ago and what might it be like in the future?
Obesity represents what % of overall health care spending?
29 percent of employers offered weight loss programs in 1996 what percent is offered in 2016?
What's the best way for employers and employees to keep their healthcare spend down?
Answer: Prevention of chronic disease. How? Increase employee access to professionals who can help them with healthy lifestyle and exercise.
FUTURE THOUGHT: 20 years ago, medical documentation on a computer was a rarity. Wouldn't it be great if you could just "think" your notes into the record.
How much have employers' health insurance premiums increased in the last 20 years?
Answer: over 180%
Source: Kaiser/HRET survey of employer sponsored health benefits, 1999-2012
20 years ago, I got my first cell phone. It could barely make calls. Now it runs my life. What year was the cell phone invented?
Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. On April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs his rival.
FUTURE THOUGHT: Twenty years from now my cell phone will probably be implanted somehow and generate holographic images or something crazy.
It is projected that the labor force will reach what number by 2050?
Answer: 192 million
The 55-and-older age group, which made up 13 percent of the labor force in 2000, is projected to increase to what percent by 2020?
The first ergonomic chair had what two features:
Answer: Adjustable seats and wheels.
In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found what industries with the highest WMSD rates?
Answer: Construction, Healthcare, Retail & Wholesale Trade, Transportation, Warehousing
What Are Five Examples of Musculoskeletal Disorders?
Answer: Tendonitis, Elbow pain, Rotator cuff injuries, Carpal tunnel syndrome and Sprains, strains, and tears
Only 20 percent of employers in 1996 allowed employees to work from from home or away from the office. What percentage are permitted the practice today?
Answer: 80 percent