Both employers and employees interested in using wearable activity tracking devices to enhance wellness programs

Both employers and employees have a strong and growing interest in using wearable activity tracking devices (wearables) to enhance workplace wellness programs, according to recent research from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO). The report, Wearables in Wellness: Employer Case Studies on Use of Wearable Tracking Devices in Wellness Programs, found that the majority of companies currently offering wearables intend to continue doing so, and many additional companies plan on beginning to offer the devices in the future.

The study found the following:

  • Nearly one half (46 percent) of employers offer or sponsor some type of wearable as part of a wellness program.
  • Eighty-three percent of employers subsidize wearables and most employers (91 percent) permit an employee to use a device they already own.
  • Of initial users, 54 percent of employers report that more than half of their employees continue use of the device after six months.
  • When asked about their program reporting efforts, the most common metrics monitored included number of participants (84 percent), total and average steps (66 percent), and participant satisfaction (57 percent).
  • When asked about end-user engagement and feedback, 53 percent of employers report high initial and sustained interest in wearable-supported programs, and most employers state they intend to keep using wearable devices due to favorable employee response.
  • Eighty-two percent of employers report end-users do not raise any concerns regarding data privacy.

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