ATLANTA — There’s something a little sick about corporate wellness programs.
Wellness benefits are the rage at a massive annual human resources conference here this week, where acres of gaudy convention booths compete for the attention of mid-level managers intent on creating a healthier workforce in an era of skyrocketing health care costs.
Real life, however, gets more complicated. “If my boss thinks he’s going to make me pay for being a smoker, I’m just gonna lie to him,” said a middle-aged senior human resources manager from a large Mississippi company who requested anonymity to speak freely. “I see a lot of problems down the road with these programs.”