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Making Wellness Wearables Work

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Employers are constantly looking for ways to create effective, value-driven wellness programs for employees.  Wearables, such as various Fitbits (Charge 2, Blaze and Alta HR) and the Garmin Vivoactive, or watches from Apple or Samsung, have become a common motivational tool for employers who are implementing wellness programs. 

A recent survey conducted by Springbuk found that 35 percent of employers are currently using wearable devices. 

Wearables are proving effective because of their ability to: 
Track physical activity trends, going way beyond steps from a pedometer
  • Produce employee engagement in wellness programs
  • Encourage Social Collaboration
  • Facilitate co-worker and family support
  • Become identifiable to a comprehensive range of employees

A few popular wearable challenges in the workplace:
  • Million Step Challenge
    • 1 million steps in a year
  • Workweek Hustle
    • Most Steps in a week
  • 30-Day Spring Training Challenge
    • One activity a day everyday – not just walking
With both employers and employees having a strong interest in wearables, the growth seems inevitable. Employers know that offering effective wellness programs is a wonderful way to attract and retain top talent. However, if done haphazardly without a good plan in place, wearables can end up being an expense that doesn’t translate to results. If your company is currently thinking about the world of wearables, check out this article for more tips on making your program effective, and feel free to contact us as well to learn more about best practices. 
 
 
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