10 ways to pro­mote wear­able well­ness de­vices

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It’s pos­si­ble for em­ploy­ers to cre­ate an af­ford­able strat­egy around wear­ables that will help pro­mote healthy em­ployee be­hav­iors, says Dave Hoinville. Here are his rec­om­men­da­tions.

Let em­ploy­ees who al­ready own a de­vice, or who use a smart­phone app, con­tinue us­ing them as part of the pro­gram.

Pro­vide an af­ford­able and user-friendly de­vice to those who don’t al­ready have their own.

To keep em­ployer costs down and get em­ploy­ees to put some skin in the game, con­sider ask­ing them to pay a por­tion of the de­vice’s cost.

Col­lect all the data from all the de­vices into a cen­tral repos­i­tory that all em­ploy­ees can ac­cess. This al­lows them to in­ter­act so­cially through chal­lenges, leader­boards and com­mu­ni­ties.

Make sure that the wear­ables the em­ployer dis­trib­utes col­lect data that is eas­ily man­aged, as well as ac­cu­rate, con­sis­tent and rel­e­vant to em­ploy­ees.

Es­tab­lish an in­cen­tive pro­gram to keep em­ploy­ees ac­count­able and mo­ti­vated.

Tie the in­cen­tives to an es­tab­lished met­ric that cor­re­lates to pop­u­la­tion health risk: for in­stance, the CDC phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity guide­line of 150 min­utes of light to mod­er­ate ex­er­cise per week.

To keep the pro­gram bud­get neu­tral, eval­u­ate ben­e­fit de­signs that can ab­sorb the cost of the in­cen­tives.

To pro­mote de­sired be­hav­iors and a health-ori­ented cul­ture, plan an an­nual cal­en­dar of events and chal­lenges. Th­ese should all make use of the wear­able de­vice.

En­sure that group data is ac­ces­si­ble in real-time on a com­mu­nity site. This en­cour­ages in­ter­est and makes the pro­gram eas­ier to over­see and eval­u­ate.

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