February 18, 2016 Erin Hall

Wellness Incentive Ideas: Why Offer this to Employees

The key to a successful workplace wellness program is having enjoyable activities and events that actually work. But some employees need a little more encouragement to join in on the fun.

That’s where incentives come in. In this article, we’ll cover all you’ll need to know about company wellness program incentives.

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 Wellness Program Incentives: Ideas for Healthy Employees


When planning your wellness program, keep in mind the federal regulations on incentives. To be fully compliant, wellness incentives must not exceed 30% of the total cost of the program, per person.

Read more about these rules here: 4 Laws Anyone Working in Corporate Wellness Should Know.


Workplace Wellness Incentive Ideas

When greater health and wellness isn’t enough of an incentive, companies turn to more tangible ideas.

These kinds of incentives can be dolled out at any point in a wellness program — once someone has joined the program, after a certain length of time, or once they’ve met a personal health goal.

  • Discounted healthcare premiums
  • Gift cards
  • Cash prizes
  • Gym pass
  • Workout gear, clothes, or shoes
  • Activity tracker wearables (i.e., FitBit)
  • Recognition awards
  • Extra time off from work

Related: Check List for Evaluating Your Workplace Wellness Program


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Make Wellness Compelling

Another key incentive to getting employees involved with a wellness program is to have programs and activities they look forward to participating in.

Here are some ideas other companies have found successful:

  • Free healthy lunches
  • Regular in-office massage
  • Company-sponsored entries into local 5k and 10k events
  • Bike-to-work programs
  • Fitness challenges
  • Yoga in the workplace

Related: 5 Simple Ways to Boost Wellness Program Participation


Aim For Greatness with Your Wellness Program

After you’ve created a great wellness program with intriguing incentives and lots of employee participation, don’t stop there! Keep improving on your program by getting regular feedback from your employees.

Are they getting bored with the incentives or the activities? Keep your wellness program fresh with regular assessments and restructuring as needed.


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