Wellness Manager: A Growing Profession Despite the challenges, hurdles,
issues and tight budgets, the wellness manager profession is a great
career path to be in and one with a promising future, many survey
"With the support of the wellness
manager’s senior management, these professionals should
become more valuable to companies," noted Jan Renner, a hospital
supervisor of community education and wellness.
Dr. Bonnie S. Hillsberg, a consulting firm project
director, serving government agencies, agrees saying it’s "a
growing profession because the current healthcare system is broken."
There are "unique opportunities for growth in the
current economic climate because of the costs associated with aging and
chronic disease" observed a hospital manager of ProHealth Wellness
There will be "more opportunities to expand
programs," said a wellness program coordinator with a hospital.
Likewise, Maggie Wallum, a corporate human resources/wellness
assistant, also sees "more opportunities."
"I see the wellness manager profession growing and
becoming a more integral part of the corporate world," said Jerilyn
Jefferis, a corporate wellness specialist. "Its benefits are so far
A proposal manager for a wellness services company
believes there is "lots of room for growth; lots of potential to have a
real positive impact on the lives of covered employees." The manager
predicts "responsibilities should grow; credibility should increase;
accountability will be more."
"More work (it’s a good thing)!," quipped
a hospital community wellness assistant.
Areas where wellness managers need to devote attention include "better
stats to convince management of the value of working with
healthy balance," urged a nurse care manager with a manufacturing
"Hopefully there will be a greater emphasis on
planning, implementing and evaluating wellness programs based on what
impacts they have on employees as well as the ROI they generate for
employers," said Scott MacStravic, customer success manager with a
wellness services company.
A wellness services director at a hospital also
foresees an "increased demand for impact."
The role of wellness manager will take on
"increased importance in our workplace and increased pressures to
respond to employee needs and demands," offered Marj McKinty,
development director in a family medicine residency/clinic-related
healthcare services program.
"I believe that consumer-driven healthcare could be
a possibility or something like it," according to Margarita Chapman,
executive director of Creating Healthy Lives, Ridgecrest, Calif.
"Prevention and intervention is the key — you just have to
make it engaging and fun for all."
A corporate human resources director said that as
"wellness programs catch on more, the possibilities will continue to be
good, but getting to that point, may be a concern for many."
A senior vice president with a health plan advices
that wellness managers "need to be able to motivate and engage people
to change behavior."
Finally, "it is dependent on establishing facts
that can help support wellness in the workplace," said Kathy Pender, a
manager of corporate relations. "CEOs need to see the WHY behind these.
It is not enough to do feel good programs; healthcare costs continue to
rise. Can we impact these costs?"
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