Should employees be paid to stay healthy? Companies look to incentives to control benefit costs
These days, being the "biggest loser" at work is a good thing, at least when it comes to weight. With employers increasingly offering financial incentives to boost participation in programs that improve health and control benefit costs, workers who drop a few pounds could gain extra cash or lower health care premiums. Employers have long used pay raises and bonuses to boost employees' work performance, and a recent survey shows 27 percent of large employers with increasingly popular health management programs are now offering more substantial incentives to workers who participate in them.
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