Workplace Incentives for a Healthier Life?

As a recent discussion on LinkedIn showed, there’s a strong resistance to employers involving themselves in the health of their employees by providing negative incentives, such as charging more for insurance if the employee is engaging in unhealthy behaviors. But positive incentives do receive support. Which of the following incentives would you accept or consider at your workplace?

  • Computer programs that prompt employees to get up a stretch
  • Onsite gym
  • Healthy choices in vending machines or lunch areas
  • A regular exercise break
  • Information, such as health tips in the company newsletter
  • Competitions that focus on health issues (for example, rewards for walking a given distance each week)
  • A company athletic team

Do you have other suggestions? Let us know what you think at Let’s Talk Health Care.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Harvard Pilgrim on this sponsored post. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find more ways to be well at and Let’s Talk Health Care.