Finkelstein EA, Kosa KM. Use of incentives to motivate healthy behaviors among employees. Gender issues. 2003 Jun;21(3):50-9. doi: 10.1007/s12147-003-0005-0

We conducted an extensive literature search of both published and unpublished sources to assess the use and effectiveness of worksite interventions that offer financial and other incentives. Many companies are using financial incentives, either alone or in combination with other interventions, to motivate employees to adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles. These incentives include cash bonuses, paid vacation days, and health insurance rebates. Although more research is needed, the literature suggests that financial incentives, if properly implemented, may successfully promote behavioral change among employees.

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