Employer Incentives on the RiseAs wellness programs become more popular, employers are offering a variety of ways to encourage employees to participate. The survey shows the top three ways employees are encouraged by their employers to participate in wellness programs are: encouragement by management (20 percent), lower health insurance costs to those who participate (20 percent), or allotted time for participation during the workday (20 percent, up from 9 percent). Only a little more than a third (36 percent) say their employers do not offer any encouragement to participate in wellness benefits, a significant divergence from the previous three years, when about half of participants said their employer did nothing to encourage wellness program participation. Participants also cited an increase in the following employer incentives:
- Seventeen percent, up from 9 percent the previous year, say their employer offers contributions into a health savings account or health reimbursement account;
- Sixteen percent, up from 12 percent the previous year, say their employer provides other financial incentives such as gift certificates or discounts for those who participate;
- And 10 percent, up from 6 percent the previous year, report that their employer rewards additional paid time off from work to participants.