- Program goals have grown up since 2010. A higher proportion of respondents in 2015 cited goals tied to corporate performance—such as employee satisfaction and productivity—as well as engagement and ROI. Program investment levels increased since 2010 as well.
- Employers are raising the bar on engagement. More 2015 respondents defined engagement as incorporating healthy attitudes and behaviors into daily living, rather than simply participating in programs, suggesting a more sophisticated understanding as well as higher expectations.
- Increased choice is producing stronger results. The 2015 survey found that employers who offer more health engagement choices reported higher satisfaction with overall employee engagement.
- More employers are looking to reward outcomes with higher incentives. Premium reductions, gift cards and HSA deposits continue to dominate as reward types. Average total reward levels are up, and 60% of employers surveyed report they use or are likely to use outcome-based incentives in the next year.
The National Employer Survey of Health Engagement, conducted by independent research firm SNG Research Corporation, surveyed 202 human resource decision-makers from multiple industries. These individuals represented self-insured companies with at least 1,000 employees, and performed organizational roles in health benefits and wellness and health management