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The Honeywell Wellnes Program: How the Wrong Kind of Incentives Can Do More Harm Than Good

Introduction

Honeywell International has an employee wellness program, as do most large and medium-sized companies in America.

One way companies encourage involvement in these programs is by offering incentives, both positive and not so much so.

Honeywell’s Play or Pay Incentives

Honeywell uses both negative (i.e.,financial penalties) as well as positive incentives to spur employee involvement in its wellness offerings. The company wants to encourage employees to undergo screenings and other assessments. Such procedures are nearly universal in corporate wellness, a six billion dollar industry. All such programs are designed to provide baselines for evaluating whether health promotion interventions lead to cost savings in the provision of worker health insurance.

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