Health incentives more popular: Survey

Start by encouraging workers to take health-risk and baseline assessments
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/20/2011

As organizations search for ways to improve the health and wellness of employees — leading hopefully to improved productivity and fewer issues around absenteeism, stress, health-care costs and disability — the use of financial rewards to encourage staff participation is on the rise.

One-quarter (26 per cent) of 335 Canadian employers surveyed by Towers Watson are planning to offer this type of reward in 2012 — up from the 13 per cent that currently do so.

And 52 per cent of organizations offer these kinds of incentives at least some of the time, according to a Sun Life survey of 677 Canadian employers.