Study shows increase in incentives to keep employees healthy, from average of $204 in 2008 to $329 in 2009
Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 29, 2009 -- As politicians and policymakers debate how to structure and pay for clinical prevention and chronic disease services within new models of care--both at the work site or through new delivery systems--many are looking to mature employer-based health management programs as models. A new, in-depth survey of employers into the use of incentives in corporate wellness programs shows that smart investments in employee health programs are yielding results.
Despite tight economic times, paying employees to participate in worksite health and wellness programs is almost uniformly believed among employers of all sizes, with and without programs in place, to boost program success and return value. Almost two out of three U.S. companies offer programs to keep employees healthy, and 66 percent of those offering programs also use incentives, with a healthy number showing an ROI of greater than $1 for each dollar spent.
The findings are part of a survey, now in its third year, of the use of incentives. The survey tracks how much employers pay in incentives, what activities they incentivize, and how success and return on investment is measured. The report, "How employers use incentives to keep employees healthy: Perks, programs and peers," was released today by Health2 Resources.
This is the first year that many small-to-midsize companies were included in the survey, revealing the extent of expansion of these programs beyond large companies. The survey explored several new trends, such as the role of primary care in prevention and health management programs and extension of programs to spouses and children.
"During tough economic times, employees who take control of their health and are more engaged and active in their own health are valuable assets," said Katherine H. Capps, president of Health2 Resources. "We are not talking about $5 here or there. We are talking about serious investment into productivity, made by employers with as few as 200 employees, for as much as $1,400 a year per employee. Employers are taking control of health care costs by creating smart, effective new strategies to keep employees healthy, and to keep employees at work."
Among the key findings:
Five company case examples included in the report demonstrate the evolving nature of health and wellness and disease management programs, and how employers are working to match the specific health improvement needs of their organizations to the programs that are most effective.
The web-based survey of 372 small, medium and large U.S. companies employing 1.8 million employees was conducted to determine the prevalence of employer-based programs to keep employees healthy and the use of incentives within those programs as a tool to encourage participation, engagement and program completion. Digging deeper to explore the nuances of the use of incentives, the survey assessed the types of incentives used with these programs, what programs were incentivized, how much employers pay for incentives and the employee activities and/or behaviors that are rewarded. The survey also sought to understand employer expectations for program outcomes and ROI, as well as challenges employers faced in implementing and operating these programs.
To order the report or to register for the August 11 Webinar offering an overview of the results, go to http://www.health2resources.com.
About Health2 Resources
Health2 Resources, in business since 1998, is a health care and e-health specialty public relations and communications firm providing market trend research and analysis that leads to results-oriented marketing communications and public relations programs for a broad mix of clients -- those who purchase, pay for and provide health care. For more information, visit www.health2resources.com.
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