Study: Fun Facts About Wearables In The Workplace

Category: Facts and Research

A study published by Jiff evaluated two years of employer-sponsored wearable data and revealed a number of interesting points, many of which counter common beliefs about these technologies.  Below are some of the highlights that we found most interesting. Workplace Wearables Are Popular And Increasingly So Nearly one out of three (31%) large employers (>… Read more »

Survey: 35% Of Workers Take Sick Days When They Feel Fine

Category: Corporate Wellness

According to a survey from CareerBuilder, more than a third of workers (35%) said they have called into work sick when they were feeling just fine.  The survey included responses from more than 3,100 full-time workers and more than 2,500 full-time hiring and human resource managers across industries and the United States.  The top reasons… Read more »

Office Perks And Company Culture Are Not The Same Thing

Category: Engagement

“Allowing your employees to bring dogs to work is a perk.  Texting an employee after they had to put their dog down is culture.” The quote above from a Wall Street Journal article sums up the difference between perks and culture fairly well.  The article goes on to discuss the importance of and distinction between… Read more »

Consumers Abandoning Apps, Sticking With What They Know

Category: Facts and Research

Loyal readers of the Wellable Blog know how important it is for corporate wellness administrators to embrace the consumerism of their industry.  Wellable has dubbed this embrace a consumer wellness strategy and encourages everyone involved with employee wellness to consider it.  In short, a consumer wellness strategy suggests that employee wellness should be built around… Read more »

John Hancock Joins Aetna In Subsidizing Apple Watches

Category: Corporate Wellness

Many companies are investing in wearable devices, such as Fitbit and Garmin.  These investments come at a significant price, often as high as $100 per device.  They also result in ongoing expenses as companies find solutions for new hires and replacing broken or lost devices.  Despite these purchases, it remains unclear whether investing in wearables… Read more »

Study Evaluates Fitness Trackers, Communication, And Health Promotion

Category: Facts and Research

There is no shortage of studies assessing the ability of fitness trackers to promote physical activity, weight loss, disease management, and more.  Fitbit even created a research library just to manage and promote the hundreds of studies utilizing its technology.  Despite the increasing volume of research, there has been very little analysis about how communication… Read more »

Soft Benefits Growing In Importance

Category: Corporate Wellness

A recent article in Employee Benefits News discusses the growing importance of “soft” benefits in recruiting and retaining talent.  Hard benefits, traditionally defined as health insurance and retirement plans, used to be sufficient for employees, but as these benefits have become more mainstream, leading employers are expanding offerings to attract employees.  The article reviews six… Read more »

Study: Competition Makes Use Fitter Not Bitter

Category: Facts and Research

A recent study published in the journal Preventative Medicine looks at whether social support, competition, or teamwork provides an answer to one of the ongoing dilemmas plaguing corporate wellness programs – participation.  Researchers from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania found that competition was a far stronger motivation for exercise than… Read more »

49% Of Americans Understand Their Employee Benefits

Category: Corporate Wellness

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America’s 4th Annual Workplace Benefits Study revealed that a majority of working Americans are overestimating the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about their benefits to set them on a path toward employee well-being.  Through a 10-question, true-false quiz given to 1,439 employees age 22 or older, the report showed… Read more »