Employer responses to Aon Hewitt’s yearly health care survey confirm that health and workforce performance, wellness, prevention and health risks are front and center in the minds of HR leaders:
#1 desired outcome is to increase participation in wellness, health improvement/disease management programs
#1 challenge is motivating participants to promote behavior change
#1 priority for the next 3 […]
As employers digest federal guidance regarding incentives that are contingent upon health behavior change, interest is growing for several emerging ideas. Over the next 24 to 36 months, employers will explore the following:
Incentive designs that require a focus on health 365 days a year (34% of employers)
Population-based rewards tied to organizational attainment of key health […]
The majority of employers indicate they believe “some impact” occurs from using incentives: 53% indicated they improved health behaviors; 51% indicated they increased engagement; 48% believe there is a positive impact in employee morale, satisfaction and/or attitudes; 44% saw changes in health risks; and 35% believe there are savings associated with using incentives.
While biometric screenings and health risk questionnaires are offered by more than seven of 10 employers, the median percentages of eligible participants who actually participated in the programs in 2012 were 39% and 40%, respectively. Beyond those two programs, participation was low, with on-site pharmacies at 25%, on-site medical clinics at 17%, physical activity at […]Read more
According to consumers, rewards motivate them to participate in employer-sponsored health programs. Over one-half prefer incentives—either cash or non-cash—with cash being most preferred to help motivate them to participate in health programs such as health risk questionnaires (HRQs), and wellness and condition management programs. About one-quarter would participate in these types of programs for “No […]Read more
For employers that use incentives focused on attainment of specific outcomes, the most commonly used clinical measures are blood pressure (58%), BMI (54%), fasting glucose (41%), total cholesterol (33%), LDL cholesterol (25%), total-to-HDL cholesterol ratio (13%), cotinine (13%) and non-fasting glucose (13%).
In 2012, the dollar value of rewards given by large employers to each employee averaged $521. That is more than double the $260 per employee that employers gave in 2009. In a survey done by bswift, more than 5 percent of employers offered over $1,000 per employee.
As employers embrace incentives as a cornerstone technique to […]