My employer just announced that for next year there will be a performance based health care incentive program. This will include an initial screening (BMI calculation, basic blood panel, etc) and require some input from us throughout the year regarding our level of physical activity and diet.

Personally, I love the idea. I work very hard to be as healthy as possible so I'd love to benefit from a program like this.

However, since they just announced the program, they aren't giving us any specifics about what the incentives will be. What form do these incentives typically take?

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is highly localized to the OP's company and not useful for the stack exchange community at large.
    – MrFox
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 20:12
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    I obviously disagree about it being off topic since I posted it. I think that hearing about how other companies handle these types of programs so I can evaluate the one I am being offered is relevant to the overall topic of 'navigating the workplace'.
    – Kevin
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 20:17
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    Related question which has some good related information.
    – enderland
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 20:19
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    Kevin, I think it may help to read Good Subjective, Bad Subjective. The big difference is that a poll doesn't explain why or how whereas explaining negotiating tactics does. You also may want to read Q&A is hard, let's go shopping to see how to turn a poll in to a question that explains why/how. Also note our help center: "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face." What is your problem?
    – jmac
    Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 1:26
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    This still feels like a borderline poll even after editing it to remove the trigger words; it still might not fit our format, but it's a great question. I closed it before really thinking it through and making my edits, which do make the post feel a little more Q&A. So I reopened to give it a second chance. We'll see if it can get good answers. If the community puts it on hold again, I'll leave it closed. Good luck! :)
    – jmort253
    Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 2:34

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I'm just curious what they are like. Are they discounts on your monthly insurance premiums? A check in the mail if you meet the program goals? A trendy backpack with the company logo and a yearly supply of low-fat salad dressing?

As I understand it, different companies offer different rewards. While I don't know any that offer a supply of salad dressing, I do know some that offer money, and some that offer company swag.

Where I currently work, they have a "Wellness Program", championed by HR. You attain "bonus points" for certain activities deemed "healthy" by the company. For example, if you have an annual physical, you get 50 points. If you have your biometric screening performed (BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc), you get 125 points. And so on, and so on.

Once you get 300 points, you are given $250. And your spouse can earn $250 the same way.

From an HR point of view, this improves the health of the company, is generally viewed as a "nice thing to do for employees", leads to a reduction in absences, and perhaps a future reduction in insurance premiums.

I don't know the participation rate, although I'm sure it's less than 50%.

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