Are Incentives needed to Improve Workforce Health and Productivity?

Employers increasingly rely on incentives to drive participation in health programs and encouraging employees and their families to take better care of themselves, according to new survey findings from Aon Hewitt.

The survey of nearly 2,000 employers representing over 20 million U.S. employees and their dependents found that 84% now offer employees incentives for participating in a health risk questionnaire and almost two-thirds (64%) offer an incentive for participation in biometric screenings. Just over half (51%) provide incentives to employees who participate in health improvement and wellness programs. The use of monetary incentives, in particular, has increased dramatically over the past year. In 2012, 59% of employers used monetary incentives to promote participation in wellness and health improvementprograms, up from 37% in 2011. The use of monetary incentives for participating in disease/condition management programs almost tripled in 2012, from 17% in 2011 to 54%.

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