More Employers Use Incentives for Wellness Programs

Companies are increasingly offering incentives for employees to participate in wellness programs, a survey by Aon Hewitt finds.

According to the survey, 83% of employers now offer their employees incentives for participating in programs that help employees become more aware of their health status. These actions may include taking a health risk questionnaire or participating in biometric screenings.

This 83% of employers offer:

  • Incentives in the form of a reward (79%);
  • Incentives in the form of a consequence (5%); or
  • A mix of both rewards and consequences (16%).

“Questionnaires and biometric screenings are the key tools in providing that important information and serve as the foundation that links behaviors to actions,” said Jim Winkler, chief innovation officer for health and benefits at Aon Hewitt. “Motivating people to participate through the use of incentives is a best practice in the industry and these strategies will continue to be a critical part of employers’ health care strategies in the future.”

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