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Buck Consultants Reports Wellness Programs Are Truly Global; Objectives Vary by Region
Date:10/10/2007

e per year. This cost typically includes educational resources, programming, health services, screening, coaching, technology, and employee communications. In addition, employer respondents spend an average of US$100 per employee per year on incentive rewards to motivate individuals to participate in these programs and to measurably improve their health. Such incentives are far more prevalent in the United States than Europe, and can exceed US$500 per employee per year for the most generous programs.

Despite the growing use of incentive rewards, only 16 percent of respondents rated their incentive programs "extremely effective" or "significantly effective" at changing employees' behaviors.

"This may be because formal incentive systems are a relatively new development in the workplace wellness field, and many employers are only just getting their feet wet -- with varying degrees of success," said Hall. "Despite these challenges, employers indicate significant plans to expand their incentive programs in the next one to three years."

"Demonstrating financial return has always been an Achilles' heel for wellness programs," continued Hall. "And the fact that employers indicate significant expansion plans suggests that even if program effectiveness proves difficult to quantify at this point, the intuitive value of offering these programs remains a major motivator for employers around the world."

Buck Consultants, an ACS company, is a leader in human resource and benefits consulting with more than 1,500 professionals worldwide. Founded in 1916 to advise clients in establishing and funding some of the nation's first public and private retirement programs, Buck is an innovator in the areas of retirement benefits, health and productivity programs, talent management and rewards strategies, and employee communication. News and other information about Buck Consultants are available at http://www.buckc
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