February 9, 2015
The number of companies expected to use fitness trackers—or wearables—for corporate wellness is expected to skyrocket. According to ABI Research, employers will integrate more than 13 million wearable health and fitness tracking devices into their employee wellness programs by 2018.
Corporate organizations are already integrating wearables as part of their corporate wellness strategy—and many more who are interested in incorporating the device integration feature with their platform. Wellness managers are asking questions to determine whether using these devices is right for their program.
Benefits of integrating wearables with your wellness program can include the following:
1.Increased data accuracy. According to Aon Hewitt’s 2014 Survey of 800 large and mid-size employers, 83 percent use incentives to inspire behavior change, with 79 percent of those employers positioning the incentive as a reward. Now, instead of exclusively relying on employees to self-report their progress–whether it is daily steps walked, cardio minutes or calories–data is automatically uploaded from wearables to their wellness technology platform, giving employers the confidence that the data is accurate.
2.Reinforces behavior change. Today’s wearable health and fitness devices makes it easy for employees to track changes in their health and monitor their progress.
3.Social connection boosts wellness. Wearables link participants to an online community of health—whether it is connecting with co-workers, friends or family. Those who connect online with others who also wear a device can be more active.