5 Steps to Improve Your Wellness Incentive Reward Program

Tips to improving your wellness reward selectionsSimplicity is Key to Choosing The Right Wellness Incentive Rewards

Austin, TX: When talking with my clients, one of the biggest obstacles I hear is that a wellness reward and incentive program is often too complex to get off the ground.

Many wellness coordinators are held back — meeting after meeting — trying to come up with the perfect incentive reward or gift for their employees.

In fact, it has gotten to the point where too many are spending more time finding the right rewards compared to putting the wellness program together.

It shouldn’t be that way.

Keep your wellness incentive simple.

Here are five simple steps to help improve your wellness incentive program:

1.) Don’t Involve Too Many People in the Decision-Making Process.

If you ask 10 people what they want to include for rewards, you will get 15 responses- everything from gym memberships, pedometers, restaurant certificates, T-shirts and everything in between.

All good ideas, but you need to start somewhere.

Limit it to 3 people max so you can kick the ideas around and make a decision.

2.) There is No Perfect Gift 

Stop looking for the one gift that will excite all your employees.

It just doesn’t exist– or I’d stock up our warehouses with just that one item.

Go with your gut decision and offer wellness incentive awards and prizes that you think will be appreciated by your employees.

3. ) Test, Get Feedback and Re-Test

Get feedback from your employees after the program has launched so that you can edit, tweak and make changes.

Do this a few months into the program or you will never get the program off the ground.

Momentum is crucial to getting results and you can always add incentive reward prizes to the mix.

 4.) Offer a Variety of Incentive Prizes

Rule #2 states that there is no one perfect gift.

Rule #4 builds on that premise by realizing that your employees will seek to reach different levels of achievement in the wellness program.

You need to reward and motivate those employees that need more of an initial push to get started — but not forget about those that are already fit, but want to improve even further.

Point programs are ideal for this structure – as they allow people to earn better rewards for achieving better results.

5.) Half the Reward is in the Presentation

Your employees want to feel recognized.

Pats on the back work great.

Mentions in the company newsletter are also a nice touch.

When awarding the incentive gifts or prizes, be sure to hand them out at team meetings so the employees can be recognized in front of their peers.

You’d be surprised at just how valuable recognition is to the feeling of accomplishment and achievement.

Recognition, coupled with incentive rewards are the foundation to a strong wellness program.

Here’s to a healthier workforce.


Robert Piller is President of WellnessIncentivesPlus.com, a leading provider of custom-printed promotional items geared exclusively for wellness programs and wellness incentives. These branded gifts are ideal for wellness incentive rewards, wellness kickoff or announcement gifts or as wellness reminders. Visit WellnessIncentivesPlus.com to view thousands of wellness rewards and reminders in all price points.


When Was Your Last Wellness Motivation Meeting?

wellness reminders and meetings are crucial in motivatimg employeesAustin, Texas: Changing human behavior takes time.

Many studies show that it takes 30 days of daily practice to change a behavior, such as exercising, eating rituals, etc.

So, how do you expect your employees to make significant and meaningful changes to their wellness and health with one kickoff meeting and no followup?

Yet, that is what most health and wellness programs seem to do.

What a waste!

Wasted opportunity, because many of your employees are willing to try to change.

Wasted time in all those wellness planning committees, board approval meetings and other time and energy that was expended in order to launch a wellness program in the first place.

Wasted chances to reignite your wellness program.

The easiest way to keep your program fresh and alive is to have consistent wellness meetings, which can do several things:

  • – to keep your employees posted on how everybody is doing (peer pressure works very well)
  • – to let employees know about new updates to the program
  • – to explain new features of your wellness program
  • – to gather feedback and suggestions
  • – to reinforce management’s commitment
  • – to keep the program “top of mind”

At WellnessIncentivesPlus.com, we decided to spend less time on creating wellness programs and more time on wellness reminders and wellness rewards, since we know that is the most critical area that determines the success of your wellness program. It is better to spend $10-$20 on a series of imprinted wellness reminder gifts, such as imprinted pedometers, imprinted sports bottles, imprinted gym bags, imprinted wellness guides and imprinted T-shirts than it is to create a $20 incentive level.

One reminder every few days will go a long way to drilling your wellness theme and program into their minds and not letting them forget about it as time goes on.

There is no point designing intricate point programs and levels of fitness goals if there is no consistent push from the beginning.

Don’t “love ’em and leave ’em”.

Have daily or weekly reminders for your employees – whether it be email reminders, wellness guides, imprinted stress balls, imprinted pedometers or jump ropes or other reminder, mixed with meetings to inspire and to reinforce.

The first 30 days of your wellness program are the most crucial.  That will be the make it or break it period for the program. If you cannot get your employees to spend the next 30 days changing their old behaviors, then the program will be a failure.

Talk to each employee.  See what makes them tick.

Be visible.

Make the program fun — even silly.

Keep it fresh.

And, keep having meetings until the new, healthier behaviors become the new norm.

Here’s to a Healthier Workforce!

———————————————— Robert Piller is President of WellnessIncentivesPlus.com, a leading provider of custom-printed promotional items geared exclusively for wellness programs and wellness incentives. These branded gifts are ideal for wellness incentive rewards, wellness kickoff or announcement gifts or as wellness reminders. Visit WellnessIncentivesPlus.com to view thousands of wellness rewards and reminders in all price points.


Heart Shaped Pick N Mints

Heart Shaped Mints for Health FairsAustin, Texas: Wellness Incentives Plus has introduced a new item that is perfect for wellness programs and health fairs.

A combination of mints and toothpicks in a case in the shape of a heart.

We use good tasting high quality US made peppermint mints. Choose Between Peppermint or Chinnamon Mint Flavor. Approximately 30 mints and 10 toothpicks.

Comes with your one color imprint to promote your heart-friendly promotion.

Available at wellnessincentivesplus.com


Custom Chewing Gum For Promotions

unique custom chewing gum for promotional useAustin, Texas: Wellness Incentives Plus has introduced their newest wellness promotional item, custom chewing gum.

Blister packed sugar free peppermint chewing gum comes in a sleeve, making it ideal for health fairs and wellness programs.

Double the bubble of your next promotion with this custom gum

Includes a full color imprint on all four sides and 12 pieces of gum per sleeve.

View more information about this custom chewing gum at wellnessmarketingsolutions.com.


Heart Shaped Pedometer with Digital Clock,Step, Distance and Calorie Counter

wellnessmarketingsolutions.com offers anew custom printed wellness pedometer in the shape of a heartAustin, Texas: WellnessIncenitvesPlus.com has introduced the patented heart-shaped pedometer with digital clock, step, distance and calorie counter — perfect for any wellness program.

These translucent multi-function pedometers are in the shape of a heart with a pocket/belt clip and a round area on the front for a full color digital logo.

The pedometer calculates steps, distance, time and calories burned. For best accuracy, wear it on your hip.

Click here for more information about this custom printed pedometer.


Wellness Kit Includes Pedometer and Water Bottle

Austin, Texas:  This all-in-one wellness kit includes a pedometer with button battery and water bottle.

Some of the other features include:

  1. imprinted wellness gifts includes pedometer and sports bottleEarphone outlet for iPod or MP3 player.
  2. Side zipper pocket to hold keys, ID or iPod.
  3. Thermo lining, Features sport breathable mesh.
  4. Designed to wear over shoulder or wrapped around waist.
  5. BPA free bottle.
  6. 600 Denier polyester/thermal lining.
  7. Mercury free battery.

Priced about ten dollars with your custom logo, this kit is ideal for any wellness incentive program or wellness reward.

Available from Wellness Incentives Plus and wellnessmarketingsolutions.com


Syringe-Shaped Pens for Health and Wellness Programs

imprinted pens for wellness incentive programsAustin, Texas: Wellness Incentives Plus has just released its new liquid-filled syringe pen for the health and wellness field.

These fun ink pens come in red, blue or green ink and can help to kick off any wellness incentive or wellness campaign.

Any wellness incentive should be kicked off with fun, low cost promotional items, and these colorful pens will keep your program in front of your employees for many months.

These custom printed pens are available from wellnessmarketingsolutions.com


New! Custom Printed Solar Powered Pedometers

Two of the hottest topics in business today are wellness and the environment– and this new solar-powered pedometer is perfect for both categories.

imprinted pedometers for wellness incentivesThese vibrantly colored imprinted acrylic casing houses a digital pedometer that measures steps, distance and calories burned.

Perfect for any wellness program or fitness incentive.

It has a solar panel with top-view LCD display.  Just input user’s stride length for most accurate readings. Backup battery for low light situations. Get fit. Go Green.

Available exclusively from Wellness Incentives Plus or on their website.


Water Filtration BPA-Free Sports Bottle – Perfect For Wellness Programs

imprinted water bottle with water filtration filter for wellness or fitness programsAustin, Texas: Wellness Incentives Plus has just introduced their newest water bottle–perfect for wellness programs and fitness campaigns.   This 26 ounce water bottle features a patented water filtration system.

Made from Tritan Copolyester, this bottle features a patented filter and freezer stick system which reduces chlorine taste and other impurities. It is an excellent wellness reward or wellness incentive gift–complete with your company logo and message.

This  sports bottle can filter up to 150 gallons of water before being replaced. Water flows easily through built in straw and filter, to produce cold, great tasting water.  Can purchase filter refills online for replacements.

Click the link to see more information about this water filtration bottle from wellnessincentivesplus.com