August 24, 2020 Amelia Wilcox

Wellness Incentives to Offer Your Employees

The key to a successful workplace wellness program is having enjoyable activities and events that actually work. But some employees need a little more encouragement to join in on the fun.

Learn all you’ll need to know about company wellness incentives.

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 Wellness Program Incentives: Ideas for Healthy Employees


When planning your wellness program, keep in mind the federal regulations on incentives. To be fully compliant, wellness incentives must not exceed 30% of the total cost of the program, per person.

Read more about these rules here: 4 Laws Anyone Working in Corporate Wellness Should Know.


Workplace Wellness Incentives

When greater health and wellness isn’t enough of an incentive, companies turn to more tangible ideas.

These kinds of incentives can be dolled out at any point in a wellness program — once someone has joined the program, after a certain length of time, or once they’ve met a personal health goal.

  • Discounted healthcare premiums
  • Gift cards
  • Cash prizes
  • Gym pass
  • Workout gear, clothes, or shoes
  • Activity tracker wearables (i.e., FitBit)
  • Recognition awards
  • Extra time off from work

Related: Check List for Evaluating Your Workplace Wellness Program


ideas for wellness incentives at work


Make Wellness Compelling

Another key incentive to getting employees involved with a wellness program is to have programs and activities they look forward to participating in.

Here are some ideas other companies have found successful:

  • Free healthy lunches
  • Regular in-office massage
  • Company-sponsored entries into local 5k and 10k events
  • Bike-to-work programs
  • Fitness challenges
  • Yoga in the workplace or virtual yoga 
  • Guided Meditation


Aim For Greatness with Your Wellness Program

After you’ve created a great wellness program with intriguing incentives and lots of employee participation, don’t stop there! Keep improving on your program by getting regular feedback from your employees.

Are they getting bored with the incentives or the activities? Keep your wellness program fresh with regular assessments and restructuring as needed. And if you don’t already have one, get a company EAP.

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Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati (formerly Zenovate) a leader in corporate massage since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company who’s platform provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)