Employers are increasingly offering rewards to their employees to persuade them to make better decisions about their health, according to a new survey released Monday. But it isn’t all fun and games — a growing number of companies are also penalizing workers who do not make healthy choices.
Aon Hewitt’s survey of nearly 800 large and mid-size U.S. employers found that 83 percent offer incentives to employees for participating in programs that help them become more aware of their health status. Of those, 79 percent offer incentives in the form of rewards while 5 percent impose penalties. Sixteen percent offer a mix of both.