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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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-including over 800 different promotional pedometer styles in all price ranges. Follow @wellnessincent

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What Are You Going to Do With Your Imprinted Pedometers Once You Have Ordered Them?

A Wellness Program is More Than Just Imprinted Pedometers

imprinted pedometrs for wellness programsAustin, Texas: So you ordered  a case of imprinted pedometers for your wellness program.  Now what?

I love imprinted pedometers for wellness programs.    I sell dozens of orders for promotional pedometers each day.

And my first question is always, “What are you going to do with them?”

Unfortunately, many have no good answer.

Just handing out promotional pedometers is not a wellness program.

If the pedometers are not being used, what is the point?

Your imprinted pedometers need to be part of an overall fitness program.

Are you incorporating them into a full wellness program?

Are you having a walking contest–daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly?

If so, be sure to have a lot of winners, so that the same few people do not win it each time.  Some ideas are most steps, biggest improvement, fewest steps (this person will never win this more than once), etc.

Are you having meetings about why you want them to become more active?

Are these explanations focused on their well-being – or just from your cost of premiums side.  That is no way to motivate.

Are you motivating your employees to be more fit by allowing them to take walking breaks throughout the day?

Are you putting posters up around your office to inspire fitness?

Are you and your other executives walking with your employees?

Are you discussing the program in a motivational way so that is on the tip of everyone’s tongue?

Is your wellness program fun?

If you make fitness fun and exciting, and keep your employees motivated, your employees will get more physically fit.

But if the imprinted pedometers get handed out and then there is no follow up, it is a complete waste of money.

Let’s inspire your employees to walk more.

What can you do each day to keep your wellness program fun, alive and motivational?

Here’s a to healthier workforce!

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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-including over 800 different promotional pedometer styles in all price ranges. Follow @wellnessincent

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Is Your Wellness Program Rewarding The Same Winners Each Time?

Is You Wellness Program Discouraging Your Least Physically Fit Employees?

ideas to improve your wellness programAustin, Texas: One of the problems with most wellness programs is that they seem to reward the same people–month after month.

That is a common mistake of most incentive programs –the ones that need it the most seem to have no chance and the big prizes–while the ones who need it the least tend to win the biggest rewards and prizes.

Is that happening with your own corporate wellness incentive program?

Maybe it is time to re-structure your wellness program so that the leas fit employees have a clear path to easy victory.

Inertia plays a vital role – and getting your least fit employees to start making gradual change can make or break their success.

Coaching, encouragement, atta-boys, and recognition, inspiration and motivation are critical to get these less active employees to begin their exercise, fitness, wellness routines.

Do not ignore the most physically fit–but perhaps offer different levels or tiers so that all employees can win rewards or prizes.

Keep in mind it is your least physically fit employee that cost you the most in insurance premiums.

Isn’t it worth it to structure a wellness program to inspire change in this area of the program?

Your least fit employees will need the most time, the most hand-holding, the most encouragement and recognition, etc. — but you will get your biggest gains from this group.

Be sure this group gets motivated.

Be sure to allow your least physically fit to be able to win great rewards from your wellness program.

It will offer the highest ROI you can achieve.

Here’s a to healthier workforce!

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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-including over 800 different promotional pedometer styles in all price ranges. Follow @wellnessincent

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