Health And Wellness Policy Ethics Essay

1004 Words Sep 10th, 2015 5 Pages

Response to Health and Wellness Policy Ethics
Leigha Shilhanek
Arizona State University

Response to Health and Wellness Policy Ethics
In the article “Health and Wellness Policy Ethics,” Cavico and Mujtaba defend wellness programs in the workplace using a utilitarianism approach (2013). They recognize the potential ethical challenges associated with such policies in the workplace and even cite some who are critical of using punishment to encourage health. They list groups that include employees, employers, families of the employees, job applicants, as well as groups such as healthcare providers and the overall community that would be impacted by such policies. After a discussion of the positives and negatives for each interest group, Cavico and Mujtaba conclude that the programs produce, “more good than bad consequences” (2013). To them, wellness programs, whether by encouragement or through force, that cause people to become and stay healthy are good for all. They end with a cautionary statement for businesses looking to employ a program of such nature to first consult with human resource and legal experts and to emphasize the benefits for all involved in order to minimize resistance (2013). While there are defiantly ethical issues to take into consideration in implementing a workplace wellness program, utilitarianism ethics is not the correct viewpoint to evaluate the challenges…

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