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Loss of potential reward is best motivator in workers’ wellness programme, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i932 (Published 16 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i932
  1. Michael McCarthy,
  2. Seattle

Many workplace wellness programmes seek to encourage participation by providing financial incentives, either by rewarding workers who achieve certain goals or penalising them for failing to do so. Nevertheless, most workplace activity programmes to date have not proved effective, especially in motivating the most sedentary workers to increase their level of physical activity.

In a new US study1 Mitesh S Patel, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues sought to compare the effectiveness of three financial designs for …

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