Title

Approaches Employers Can Take to Increase Employee Participation in Wellness Programs

Date of Award

3-19-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Healthcare Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Healthcare Leadership

Advisor

Richard Welter

Keywords

Wellness, wellness programs, employee participation in wellness

Abstract

Workplace wellness programs require a maximum employee participation in order for them to sustain and grow and for employers to receive a maximum return on investment. Currently, most of the employers experience only a 50 percent rate of employee participation in wellness programs. This project analyzes the most popular wellness program offerings and incentives that employers use to motivate employees to participate. Research shows that the most incentivized wellness programs are biometric screenings and health risk assessments, and the most desired incentives are financial rewards. Employers have an opportunity to improve participation by educating employees about healthcare, integrating their values and goals into wellness programs, engaging leadership, and creating innovative ways to compete with other organizations in wellness activities.

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