Today's News

Motivating employees a major challenge, wellness pros say (3/10)

March 10, 2008
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

Motivating and incenting employees to participate in their organization’s wellness programs is a heavily cited concern of wellness and health promotion professionals responding to the “Workplace Wellness Management Survey,” sponsored by WellnessJunction.

Among the expressed concerns of wellness managers were such comments as:

• getting employees to "buy in";
• participation and commitment;
• getting people engaged and participating;
• ample time for the employee to participate in any programming;
• how to retain employees once they are engaged in the program;
• the lack of individual employee motivation;
• getting people to use their memberships; and
• motivating additional participation.

The problem is employees "have so many work-related time constraints that sometimes it is difficult to get them to see wellness programs as a good use of their already limited time," said a corporate nurse practitioner.

"People start off with a great deal of enthusiasm, but unless continual reinforcement or some kind of incentive is offered, they tend to fall out ... participation drops," said a corporate wellness coordinator.

The link between incentives and participation was brought up by another survey respondent who cited incentive-based (premium reduction) health coverage that rewards plan participants who attain personal health improvement goals as an issue.

"The healthcare system as we know it in America will financially self-destruct in the near future if more creative approaches are not introduced," said G. Gregory Tooker, president and principal consultant of a wellness services company. "Dollar savings incentives through reduction of personal health risk is the only way to move the majority of the population to change its lifestyle."

The balance between the promotion of wellness efforts "while many organizations are tasking employees to a greater extent in terms of productivity and output expectations and demanding longer hours in the workplace" is a dilemma, believes an EAP director.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.


Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon



Image Galleries

ASSE Safety 2014 Review

A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

9/30/14 2:00 pm EST

Leveraging Sustainability Initiatives to Benefit Your Community and Increase Compliance

This webinar will review how General Motors' Sustainability initiatives are being leveraged to improve the community and the environment, create efficient energy programs, improve sustainability tracking, impact on processes and overall reporting and improve overall social, environmental and corporate sustainability.

ISHN Magazine


2014 September

ISHN'S September issue features a series of essay on thought leadership. Get expert advice on self-motivation, compliance and more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - SEPTEMBER 2014

ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.