Reward type and performance: An examination of organizational wellness programs

Heninger, William G and Smith, Steven D and Wood, David A,(2019), Reward type and performance: An examination of organizational wellness programs. , Management Accounting Research, Elsevier Ltd

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We examine organizational control in the context of wellness programs—organizational initiatives designed to improve the physical and mental health of employees. In a field study setting, we examine the associations of three different types of incentives (cash, gift cards, and tangible rewards) with wellness program performance. We find that employees who successfully complete program challenges are associated with greater weight loss. We also find participants choosing gift cards are associated with the greatest program success, even though cash rewards are selected more than twice as often as gift cards. Tangible rewards are the least frequently selected reward and are associated with lower performance than gift cards but relatively similar performance to cash. These results support theories of individual choice and motivation, and suggest that employees’ incentive choices are not necessarily aligned with the strongest motivational power.
Keywords : Wellness programs Incentives Gift cards Cash incentives Tangible rewards, UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title: Management Accounting Research
Volume: 44
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Manajemen
Depositing User: Arief Eryka Zendy
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2019 04:20
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2019 04:20

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