A pair of surveys released this week from Aon Hewitt indicate that employers are increasingly turning to incentives to drive health programs and get employees to take actions to improve their well being. Eighty-three percent of 800 large and mid-size American employers — representing more than 7 million workers — now use some form of incentive to get employees more aware of their health status, the consulting firm finds.

To encourage workers to take actions such as filling out a health risk questionnaire or participating in biometric screening, the majority of employers use both carrots and sticks. Out of the 83% that uses incentives, 79% offer rewards, 5% offer consequences and 16% offer a mix of both. In terms of dollar amounts, 64% use monetary incentives of between $50 and $500, and 18% use incentives of more than $500.

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