Employers Taking Steps to Boost Success of Health and Productivity Programs

As companies strive to keep workers healthier and stem the tide of higher health care costs, they will continue to embrace health and productivity programs as a solution. Nearly eight in 10 (77%) employers view a lack of employee engagement as the biggest obstacle to changing behavior.  Despite offering a variety of health and productivity programs, employers report that actual program participation is low.  According to the 2013/2014 Staying@Work Survey, conducted by Towers Watson, a global professional services company, and the National Business Group on Health, employers will have to address lifestyle risk issues, improve employee engagement and articulate a strategy to establish a workplace health culture, an essential factor for success.