According to a recent study by Optum, incentives continue to play a significant role in employee engagement – more than 81% offer incentives, up from 74% two years ago. Employers said they are moving away from rewarding workers simply for signing up for, or even completing a wellness program. Many companies – 43% – are now rewarding for attaining specific health outcomes, such as losing 10 pounds. Additionally, one-third of companies said they would be interested in rewarding for specific outcomes in the future.
Over half of employers surveyed report that the Affordable Care Act has affected their wellness program incentive strategies as follows:
- 30% increased incentive amounts for tobacco cessation programs
- 23% extended incentives to spouses
- 21% offered higher incentive amounts for programs other than smoking