When asked if rising health care costs played a role in their decision to offer wellness programs, 64% of companies surveyed said yes, while 34% said it played a role but was not the deciding factor. The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and Deloitte & Touche USA sponsored the survey.
Thirty-two percent of companies reported less than 10% of their employees participated in the wellness efforts, while 11% put their employee participation rate at 50% to 75%.
More than half of surveyed companies said they did not use incentives to drive participation. Of companies that did, 48% offered items such as:
- contributions toward Flexible Spending Accounts
- cash awards
- discounts on wellness programs such as smoking cessation and weight loss
- monthly premium discounts
“Wellness programs are an efficient and cost-effective way to encourage workers to lead healthier lives and healthier employees mean lower costs for employees and employers,” Mark Ugoretz, ERIC president, said in the news release.