One “critical” aspect to every business around the globe is having a successful wellness program, says one expert, “and there is a whole lot the U.S. can learn from what works around the world.”

Reducing health care costs has, by far, been the overwhelming reason U.S. employers have implemented wellness programs, says Dave Ratcliffe, a principal in the health practice at Buck Consultants at Xerox. In other countries, employers are using wellness programs to improve employee morale and to reduce sick days and presenteeism.

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