Employer Health Insurance Cost At 5-Year Low


Category: Facts and Research

Contrary to the popular belief that healthcare expenses are becoming a larger part of total employee compensation, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that employers paid the lowest amount for health insurance as a percentage of total compensation since 2011.  Specifically, health insurance costs equaled 7.6% of total compensation for private employers… Read more »

Q3 2016 Wearable Shipments Fitbit (23%), Xiaomi (17%), And Garmin (6%) Lead Pack


Category: Facts and Research

According to a new report from IDC, market share in wearable device shipments for Q3 2016 saw fairly little shifts relative to previous quarters but growth dropped significantly, reaching the single digits for the first time.  Most notably, the Apple Watch saw its number of shipments drop 71% year-over-year.  Fitbit and Garmin were the only two… Read more »

5 Statistics Reveal Employee Financial Health Getting Worse


Category: Facts and Research

Despite the long economic recovery in the United States and the strong performance of the stock market, financial wellness is not improving for many individuals and it is resulting in stress.  According to the Employee Financial Wellness Survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which tracks the financial well-being of full-time employed U.S. adults across the country, “many employees… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Study Evaluates Fitness Trackers, Communication, And Health Promotion


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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 »

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 »

Study: Financial Wellness Benefits Employers and Employees


Category: Facts and Research

A study from Financial Finesse shows that the burdens of financial stress have significant and tangible impacts on employers and employees. As a result, proper financial wellness tools have the ability to significantly benefit both parties. “For its 2016 ROI Special Report, Financial Finesse conducted a case study of a Fortune 100 company’s comprehensive workplace… Read more »

Study: The Dollar Value Of Exercise


Category: Facts and Research

Employers, health plans, and government agencies all try to ascribe a value to healthy living.  Each one has their own motivation and perspective on why they care, but all of these reasons focus, to some degree, on managing healthcare expenses.  Since individuals (employees, members, etc.) are the focus of healthy living programs, program sponsors should… Read more »

Research Identifies Barriers To Wellness Engagement


Category: Facts and Research

Research from HealthFitness and The Connell Group shows that despite wellness program participants having greater satisfaction with wellness programs and perceiving themselves as healthier, nearly 60% of employees do not participate.  There have been numerous surveys trying to identify what causes individuals to not participate, including one covered in another blog post, that have shown… Read more »