Midland, MI (PRWEB) July 27, 2013
The most recent Health Enhancement Systems guideline — Why Financial Incentives Backfire and What to Do Instead — advises wellness professionals on the pitfalls of bribing workers to change health habits. Dean Witherspoon, the company’s President and founder, explains why financial incentives have very little chance of making a lasting impact on diet, exercise, and stress management.
“When people are paid to change, they’re likely to revert to the old behavior when the compensation period ends,” he notes. “Paying employees to get healthier is becoming very popular but it doesn’t work; health behavior change is incredibly complex and requires intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic rewards just aren’t effective in the long run.”
Why Financial Incentives Backfire and What to Do Instead underscores the importance of acknowledging employee wellness accomplishments with non-financial rewards. While seemingly simple, these methods can be very effective in fostering intrinsic motivation to help participants change because they want to, for the health benefits, not the money:
“There are many ways to acknowledge employee wellness accomplishments without using money,” adds Witherspoon. “Our experience in this field shows that these types of rewards have a better chance of instilling in participants a sense of self-belief and intrinsic motivation.”
For more information, download Why Financial Incentives Backfire and What to Do Instead.
Health Enhancement Systems creates employee wellness programs for organizations in North America and throughout the world. More than 20 effective, engaging HES wellness campaigns have been adopted by over a thousand organizations — serving hundreds of thousands of participants successfully.
For more information about Health Enhancement Systems, visit http://www.HealthEnhancementSystems.com or call 800.326.2317.
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