Survey: 60% Of HR Leaders View Wellness As Engagement Tool


Category: Engagement

A recent survey conducted Human Capital Media, the research arm of Workforce magazine, and Virgin Pulse found greater evidence highlighting the changing views of employers as it relates to employee wellness programs.  According to the survey of more than 1,000 human resource professionals, more employers are going beyond lower medical expenses when assessing the benefits… Read more »

Top HR Issues for 2016


Category: Corporate Wellness

Despite the improving economy in 2015, stagnant wages, high benefit costs, and regulatory uncertainty made it a challenging environment for human resource professionals.  2016 will be equally challenging as the economy and businesses orient to growth, which will include greater competition for talent, demand for flexible benefits, and pressure for productive and healthier workers.  Technological… Read more »

Employee Wellness Should Learn From The Top Apps Of 2015


Category: Engagement

“From videos to music to maps, digital was at the forefront of consumers’ (and marketers’) minds this year.”  Whether or not the wellness industry is ready for it, everything is going digital/mobile, and simply having a mobile app is not enough.  Thanks to Nielsen’s year-end review, the wellness industry can learn from the top apps… Read more »

Study: Text Messaging + Tracker = Increased Activity


Category: Facts and Research

A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows pairing contextual texts and activity tracking leads to people moving more.  The small study enrolled 48 smartphone users ages 18 to 69 years who were also at risk for heart disease in a five-week study at an ambulatory cardiology center in Baltimore.  The… Read more »

Survey: Why 85% Of Companies Are Making Wellness A Top Priority


Category: Facts and Research

When employers were asked if wellness was a priority, companies replied with a resounding and collective “yes”.  According to a survey by Colliers International Group, 85% of respondents said employee wellness ranked at the top of company initiatives. The survey also revealed why companies are investing in employee wellness.  Employee demand ranked number one for… Read more »

Survey: 74% of Online American Adults Likely To Purchase Health And Fitness Technology


Category: Facts and Research

According to a survey by the Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association), 74% of online American adults are likely to purchase health and fitness technology in the next 12 months.  Of this group, one in three (35%) plan to buy a smartwatch, which leads the category over fitness apps (30%) and wearable fitness… Read more »

Study: Age, Gender Impact Employee Benefit Preference


Category: Facts and Research

New research from MassMutual found that preferences for healthcare insurance, retirement savings, vacation, and other benefits for U.S. employees largely hinge upon workers’ generation and gender, complicating benefit choices for employers with diverse workforces.  Overall, 47% of American workers age 18 and older prefer more vacation time, and 44% prefer better 401(k) matches.  However, notable… Read more »

Q3 Wearable Shipments: Fitbit (22%), Apple (19%), And Xiaomi (17%) Lead Pack


Category: Facts and Research

According to a new report from IDC, market share in wearable device shipments for Q3 2015 remained largely unchanged with the top four (Fitbit, Apple, Xiaomi, and Garmin) holding on to their leadership positions.  Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 21.2 million units, up 197.6% from the 7.1 million units shipped in Q3 2014. … Read more »

4 Ways To Promote Employee Health


Category: Corporate Wellness

Ron Friedman recently wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review about ways employers can support and promote employee health.  What he included and excluded were both telling.  He did not mention biometric screenings or health risk assessments.  Rather, he focused on ways to make living a healthier life easier.  Below are brief summaries on… Read more »