Results Of Recent Survey Reveal How Employees View Health Care

Hewitt and the National Business Group on Health’s recent survey reveal five significant insights into how employees and their dependents view health care. In order to plan their company health care strategy, it is important to be aware of the results of the survey. 

In spite of the fact that workers say they might know how to get in good physical shape, many are not taking action to do so. Most (84%) think making wise decisions in everyday life leads to excellent overall health, and about three-quarters (72%) think good health is a consequence of getting regular preventive care. Only 46% of the workers surveyed reported doing a “great” or “good job” of regular exercising and only about half of the workers think they do a “great” or good job” of eating healthy. 

While satisfaction is by and large high in health programs, participation is low. Participation in a lot of employer provided health programs is not as high as many businesses would like to see, even though employees and their dependents report that they know what they need to do to get and stay healthy.

Biometric screenings are the most popular programs with online health information tools and health risk questionnaires following closely. Stress management programs and employee assistance programs (EAPs) were the least popular, with just nine percent participation in each.

Financial motivation is a strong factor in participation but non monetary, internal motivators can be just as effective. Many businesses presume that offering cash incentives in exchange for involvement will generate the best results and incent employees to participate in health care programs. Nearly half of the surveyed employees would complete a health-risk questionnaire (HRQ) without any incentive because it is “the right thing to do”. About 30% of the individuals would complete a survey if there was a penalty for not doing so and an additional 30% would do it if there was a monetary incentive involved. In addition, 44% of the workers surveyed said they would be willing to take part in a wellness program furnished by their employer because “it’s the right thing to do”.