(Story by Tim Gould originally appeared in HR Morning)
Many employers think of wellness as a relatively new fad. But the truth is, these programs have been around for a long, long time.
In fact, workplace wellness programs have actually been in existence since major corporations began cropping up in the late 1800s.
Of course, wellness has evolved greatly since those inaugural programs to better meet employee and company needs.
From Henry Ford to the ACA
- Henry Ford introduces the 40-hour work week in 1926
- Employee fitness centers become popular in the 1950s and 60s
- Employers launch smoking-cessation programs in the 1970s, and
- Johnson & Johnson is the first company to tie wellness programs to productivity and profitability in the 1980s.