Workplace Wellness Programs Are a Total Sham

program is. A wellness program that’s actually about wellness would be entirely voluntary, not financially coercive. It wouldn’t collect any personal health information from employees. It wouldn’t weigh people or take their blood samples. It would be truly a benefit, not a cost-saving measure. It might reimburse employees for their gym or yoga studio memberships. […]

Workplace Wellness Programs Are a Total Sham

So what are employers actually after when they implement wellness programs tied to large financial incentives? Cost-shifting. Under the ACA, wellness programs are a legal way to shift a significant portion of the cost of premiums onto employees deemed unhealthy. Wellness programs don’t save money by preventing expensive medical claims—and in fact, they might even […]

Empowered Teams Can Make Decisions The Boss Disagrees With – Software People Inspiring

One such pattern that – once I noticed it – I realised is very prevalent in Agile Software Development is what I call the Empowered Straightjacket. Teams are “empowered” to make their own decisions, but when the boss doesn’t like a decision they’ve made, he or she overrules it. Those who remember their set theory […]

One of the biggest crime waves in America isn’t what you think it is

Some industries, like construction and education, had relatively low rates of wage theft — 12 to 13 percent; restaurants, grocery stores, and warehouses fell in the mid-range of 20 to 25 percent; textile and clothes manufacturing and other services hit 40 percent; and a whopping 66 percent of child care workers endured minimum wage violations, […]

One of the biggest crime waves in America isn’t what you think it is

No one knows exactly how big a problem wage theft is, but in 2012 federal and state agencies recovered $933 million for victims of wage theft. By comparison, all the property taken in all the robberies of all types in 2012, solved or unsolved, amounted to a little under $341 million. One of the biggest […]

Universal Basic Income as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century — Basic income — Medium

As I’ve written about before, a report by the Chief Public Health Officer in Canada looked at this question of potential savings, and estimated that: $1 invested in the early years saves between $3 and $9 in future spending on the health and criminal justice systems, as well as on social assistance. It’s rare to […]

Universal Basic Income as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century — Basic income — Medium

A total of $32 million was spent by the United States over a 10-year period in the global campaign to eradicate smallpox. The entire $32 million has been recouped every 2 months since 1971 by saving the costs of the smallpox vaccine, administration, medical care, quarantine and other costs. According to General Accounting Office (GAO) […]