This is What Wellness Programs Used to Look Like [Infographic]

By Heather Huhman

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What did your hiring strategy look like five years ago? What about 10 years ago? Among new technology, social media and resources, the benefits and office perks you offer to attract job seekers have also evolved over time. And corporate wellness programs have seen one of the biggest transformations, from a secondary perk to a major draw for professionals.

Workplace wellness has come a long way from its roots, which stretch back more than a century. As major corporations popped up in the late 1800s, so did workplace wellness programs. But what began as employee exercise program has since evolved into the holistic initiatives that attract top talent today.

To show this transformation, Limeade, a corporate wellness technology company that measurably improves employee health, compiled this infographic. It serves as a timeline for major innovations in workplace wellness and shows how we arrived at the programs we have today.

Some major breakthroughs include:

  • Henry Ford introduces the 40 hour work week in 1926
  • Employee fitness centers become popular in the 1950s and 60s
  • Johnson & Johnson is the first company to tie wellness programs to productivity and profitability in the 1980s
  • Fitness trackers and wearable devices make tracking goals easier for employees in the 21st century

Check out the full infographic below to see how corporate wellness programs have evolved to better meet employees needs over the years.

How has your wellness program changed over the years? Share your throwbacks in the comments below!

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