New Study Shows That Employers Are Not Getting Most Value Out of Their Wellness Incentive Programs

New Study Shows That Employers Missing Many Opportunities With PPACA Wellness Incentive

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Austin, Texas:  A new study from Virgin Pulse suggests that many employers could be getting significant improvements in their wellness incentive program results.

After surveying 341 employers and nearly 4,000 employees about attitudes and actions around wellness programs, here are some of their findings:

-40% say they have no plans to beef up their wellness programs–even though the Affordable Care Act permits them to

-Nearly half of employers who offer wellness plans don’t track productivity results or test to see if employee engagement has increased as a result of wellness program participation

– 96  percent of employees participate to improve their own health, making improved health a bigger motivator than financial incentives

-52 percent of employers offered services for mental health and depression management in 2014, a significant 14 percent increase from last year.

Are you getting the most of your wellness incentive program?

Are you surveying your employees for what areas they most like about your incentive program–and what areas they would like to add to or to make enhancements to?

Are you tracking results?  If not, how do you expect to improve?

Are you comparing your stats with those of others in similar industries for best practices?

Now is the time to re-design or enhance your wellness incentive program.

Employees want to get more healthy.

Is your wellness incentive program helping them to achieve that goal?

Here’s a to healthier workforce!


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Study Shows Incentives Improve Participation in Corporate Wellness Programs

corporate wellness incentivesDo incentives help drive greater participation in a wellness program and Health Risk Assessment?

Well, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, titled “Incentives and Other Factors Associated with Employee Participation in Health Risk Assessments,” the strongest predictors of HRA completion are “the monetary value of incentives” and the employers’ level of “communication and organizational commitment.”

This study was one of the largest studies down on this topic, as it included data from 124 employers in a variety of industries with 882,275 eligible employees who completed 344,825 health and productivity assessments.

“The results show that a healthy corporate culture with good communications, employee involvement and leadership support, a concept we refer to as Com/Org, is essential if employers want to achieve high participation rates in their programs,” says Michael S. Taitel, Ph.D., vice president of the Alere Center for Health Intelligence and lead author of the study.

The metric known as Com/Org (Communications & Organizational Commitment) was created by the research team to represent the employer characteristics supporting their health promotion programs.

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