Emerging Technology in Health Engagement

A Report by WorldatWork and Buck Consultants


This report summarizes the results of a survey conducted by WorldatWork and Buck Consultants to research the use and effectiveness of emerging technology tools (gamification, mobile technology and social networking or social media) to engage employees in improving their health and well-being. Today’s health-care benefits require individuals to absorb an increasing share of expanding health-care costs. At the same time, the effect of poor health and unhealthy lifestyles is a major concern in many parts of the world — not only due to direct costs of medical care, but also due to indirect costs linked to absenteeism and productivity. Enhanced health also is integral to overall well-being, and many employers view their efforts as contributing to their employee value proposition.

Survey Results

Employee health engagement is an important objective for most employers, as underscored by this study:

  • 73% of responding organizations have a he alth engagement strategy to encourage employees to improve and monito  their health. (See Figure 1.)
  • However, two-thirds of respondents have conducted little or no assessment of employees’ preferences for various types of communications technology. (See Figure 2.) This could represent a significant missed opportunity to tailor a more strategically focused approach to employee communications and engagement.

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  • 2013
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