ShapeUp Releases Results From Annual Technology and Employee Wellness Survey
ShapeUp, the national provider of clinically-proven, social networking-based employee wellness solutions, and context communication consulting, today released the results of the first annual Technology + Employee Wellness Survey , which can be downloaded for free at http://www.shapeup.com/tech-survey. As wellness programs adapt to the rapid rate of technological change worldwide, this survey sought to better understand how employers are leveraging innovations within corporate wellness programs.
The survey report contains insights about how technology has enhanced and expanded wellness initiatives, as well as surprising statistics and new data about technology use and adoption trends. For example:
• 94% of employers using technology for employee wellness believe it has been instrumental in improving employee perceptions of their wellness program.
• 90% confirm that technology has had a positive impact on employee engagement in wellness programs.
• The most popular technologies being used for employee health promotion among innovative employers are online forums, social networks, mobile solutions, online competitions, and fitness tracking devices.
“There’s no question that technology is changing the face of employee wellness programs, and this first-of-its-kind industry survey allowed us to understand precisely how,” said Dr. Rajiv Kumar, founder and CEO of ShapeUp. “The results show that technology use in employee wellness programs is widespread and that the employers who have fully leveraged technology are solving some of their greatest challenges. ShapeUp is committed to leading technology innovation in the corporate wellness industry, and this annual survey will help us do that, year after year.”
“The results and benefits reported employers who’ve adopted health technologies are really exciting,” said Fran Melmed, owner of context communication consulting. “These employers attributed improved cost savings, better health outcomes, and improved perception to their technology adoption. What’s more, the improved perception of the company’s wellness program spanned every level, up to senior leadership, and increased utilization.”
The report’s findings will be extensively discussed on a webinar taking place on Wednesday, June 20, at 2 PM ET. Hosted by Dr. Kumar and Fran Melmed, the webinar will address the central questions posed by the survey:
• What technology do employers use to promote employee health?
• What specific health objectives do they use technology for?
• What percentage of senior leaders supports the use of technology for employee health?
• What are the barriers to adoption? And what is the potential upside?
To join this discussion, visit http://www.shapeup.com/tech-survey.
ShapeUp is the first corporate wellness company focused on leveraging the power of trusted social networks to promote healthy living. Founded in 2006 by two medical doctors, ShapeUp has pioneered an innovative approach to behavior change that uses social networking technology to reduce health care costs and improve the health of large populations through peer motivation, support, and accountability. ShapeUp’s evidence-based, clinically-proven social wellness platform covers more than two million lives and is used by more than 200 employers and health plans. For more information, visit http://www.shapeup.com and follow us on Twitter.
About context communication consulting
context communication consulting is an award-winning communication consulting firm that specializes in workplace wellness and health care consumerism. context’s work with clients has been recognized by the National Business Group on Health, American Heart Association, Society for New Communications Research and others. In 2012, Human Resource Executive gave context a Best HR Idea award for its educational game on high-deductible health plans. context’s founder, Fran Melmed, is a sought-after speaker and has been named to Luminary Lab’s list of most provocative health keynote speakers (who happen to be women). For more information, visit contextcommunication.com.