This will be a huge shift for both employees and employers, who might not need to retain as many benefits administrators as they currently have on the payroll. If that gets you steamed, check out the lively discussion on LinkedIn last week in reaction to a provocative post, Why We No Longer Need HR Departments.
3. HR Will Get Out of the Benefits Business, Part II
Speaking of lightening the load of benefits managers, here's another thought. We know that wellness programs often don't work well. Instead of trying to improve them, a better idea might be: Don't do a thing.
The accelerating interest in population health programs as a way to cut healthcare costs signals that there's a bigger, better-funded push behind getting your employees to lose weight and take their meds—and it's more powerful than anything your HR department can do on its own.
Re-examine your budget and your people strategy. Some of what you can safely stop spending on nutrition lectures and smoking cessation class vouchers will be much better spent on analyzing the data that's pertinent to your hospital or health system's staffing strategy.