Many businesses find that incentives produce positive results in employees.
It is no secret that the health and productivity of an employee plays a large, vital role in the overall success and growth of your company. When your business is full of workers who are happy to be there, motivated to grow in their position and are truly excited about work that they are doing, the entire dynamic of your company can change. However, when you constantly have employees who are missing days of work due to illness, stress or other personal reasons, it can have a large impact on the day-to-day operations of your business.
Employer-sponsored health programs, such as Walkingspree’s award winning corporate wellness program, are one of the best, most effective ways to make a real difference to your company’s productivity and overall health care strategy.
Health and productivity programs can not only improve an employee’s health and morale, but it can also significantly reduce medical problems and absenteeism in each one of your employees. However, as with any business program that you employ, the effectiveness of a health program depends on the participation and motivation of the employees who are using it.
One of the best ways to truly motivate your employees to gain interest and participation in a health program is through the age-old use of incentives. As kids, you may remember that whenever your parents wanted you to get to bed early or to finish up your homework, they would use one of your favorite toys or activities as an incentive to complete the task at hand. In the end, the excitement and attainment of this object would be well worth any difficult task that you had to complete.
This same idea of incentives is often used as a way to motivate employees during sponsored health programs. In fact, according to a national study conducted by Towers Watson, among employers that offer financial incentives for health risk appraisals, employee participation rates are 46%, compared with 19% for those who do not offer similar incentives.
Given these statistics, it is easy to see why nearly four in five companies are projected to offer some kind of financial reward to individuals who participate in their health management programs in 2012.
However, the rewards and motivation for your health programs do not have to be completely based in financial incentives. Here at Walkingspree, we can help you to identify creative, proven contests which can be based on whichever type of incentives would work best for your employees. Many times, you will find that you can provide effective rewards for less than you think, especially when you combine other wellness participation with step achievements in the Walkingspree program for common rewards.
Also, by offering built-in fun into your health programs, such as the Walkingspree Buddy System and Challenge Trackers, we can help you to craft personalized wellness rewards that will not overwhelm your budget.
Health and productivity programs can not only make a huge different to your company’s overall health benefit strategy and your efforts to control health care cost inflation, but you will also begin see many positive changes in the mood and motivation of your employees. For more information about what these beneficial health programs can do for your business, contact Walkingspree today to jump start your corporate wellness program and achieve the health care cost control you want.