The Role of Financial Incentives in Driving Employee Engagement in Health Management

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Incentives are a promising tool for increasing employee engagement in worksite health management solutions. They play a vital role in driving awareness, and participation, and their use is commonly cited as an element of “best-practice” program.

A recent study, “The Role of Financial Incentives in Driving Employee Engagement in Health Management,” was published in the July/August 2008 ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal and is available on the ACSM website.

The study’s findings demonstrates that (1) the use of incentives for health assessment participation is a recommended element of worksite health management programs, (2) financial incentives are superior to nonfinancial incentives, (3) integration of incentive strategies within a health plan design is an innovative way to reduce the organizational cost of an incentive while increasing the perceived value to employees, and (4) a supportive organizational culture and effective communication strategy may increase the effectiveness of incentives in driving participation.

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