U.S. companies biggest obstacles to changing employees' behavior related to their health in 2013*

Obstacles to changing employees' behavior related to their health 2013 This survey represents U.S. companies biggest obstacles to changing employee's behavior related to their health for 2013. Some 57 percent of the responding employers expect the lack of employee engagement to be the main hindrance.
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Lack of employee engagement (i.e., low paticipation or interest in programs)57%
Too many other demands on employees34%
Lack of evidience about which practices work best23%
Lack of adequate budget to support effective health management programs22%
Lack of sufficient financial incentives to encourage participation in programs20%
Lack of organizational structure to support it18%
Not enought time on the part of the employees18%
Lack of adequate internal staff17%
Lack of senior management support16%
Lack of appropriate tools to be succesful16%
Poor or inadequate communication of health management programs13%
Lack of actionable data13%
Poor coordination with partners (e.g., vendors, health plan)9%
Regulatory limitations and uncertainty surrounding wellness incentives5%
Percentage of respondents
Lack of employee engagement (i.e., low paticipation or interest in programs)57%
Too many other demands on employees34%
Lack of evidience about which practices work best23%
Lack of adequate budget to support effective health management programs22%
Lack of sufficient financial incentives to encourage participation in programs20%
Lack of organizational structure to support it18%
Not enought time on the part of the employees18%
Lack of adequate internal staff17%
Lack of senior management support16%
Lack of appropriate tools to be succesful16%
Poor or inadequate communication of health management programs13%
Lack of actionable data13%
Poor coordination with partners (e.g., vendors, health plan)9%
Regulatory limitations and uncertainty surrounding wellness incentives5%
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This survey represents U.S. companies biggest obstacles to changing employee's behavior related to their health for 2013. Some 57 percent of the responding employers expect the lack of employee engagement to be the main hindrance.
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Release date
August 2012
Region
United States
Survey time period
December 2011 to January 2012
Number of respondents
512 respondents
Special properties
U.S. employers with at least 1,000 employees
Supplementary notes
Respondents collectively employ 9.2 million full-time employees, have 8.0 million employees enrolled in their helath care programs and operate in all major indutry sectors. In 2011, respondents spent, on average $10,982 per employee on health care, which equates to a collective $87 billion in total health care expenditures.

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