The use of financial rewards tied to health management programs increased by 50 percent from 2009 to 2011, according to the Tower Watson [email protected] survey. And by 2012, four out of five companies said they plan to associate some type of reward to individuals who participate in their company health care program.
These stats are no surprise to Walkingspree, a leader in corporate activity-based wellness programs. Employers know that wellness programs are critical to keeping health care costs under control, but getting employees to participate is not easy.
“Corporate walking programs have been proven to increase employee motivation and sustain their engagements,” said Lisa Rousseau, Co-Founder & VP of Walkingspree. “You not only have healthier people, but you are better able to manage health care costs. You will also see an increase in company morale and loyalty, overall mood plus improved productivity.”
Since launching in 2006, Walkingspree’s technology-based walking program has been implemented in both SMBs (200 employees or more) and large enterprises (5000 employees or more). The ease of use and verifiable data are keys to its success. Typically, the program sees more than 50 percent of eligible employees participate, and it maintains high year-over-year retention rates, all resulting in improved employee health and wellbeing. Participant surveys report that 94 percent of respondents said they love this program and would recommend it to someone else. Such engagement and satisfaction are a result of an improved wellness culture, measurable outcomes, and built in fun that engages and motivates.
“Walkingspree clients have experienced tremendous success with our wellness program,” said Rousseau. “Our experience helps clients design a customized program that targets their employee populations, and that doesn’t cost a lot of money.”
When businesses initiate walking programs they are showing their employees they are valued and so is their health! And, the company return to the bottom line becomes healthier too.
One Fortune 500 Walkingspree client, American Financial Group, saved $9.27 for every dollar invested after implementing their walking program. AFG is now entering their fifth year with Walkingspree and continues to save on health care costs.
According to the Gallup organization, disengaged employees cost businesses billions of dollars a years – up to $350 billion in lost productivity – so having a corporate walking program may be just the answer for keeping employees engaged and improving their health.
For more info on how to launch a corporate walking program with evidence-based and quantifiable results, contact Walkingspree.