The majority of companies, both large and small, offer some sort of wellness program for their employees in an effort to reduce employee health costs and, as a result, increase productivity. A special few incorporate wearables, or fitness trackers like Fitbit and UP by Jawbone, into their wellness programs.

In partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, HITLAB set out to explore the practice of providing employees with fitness trackers and to answer the question, “Can health technology tools improve how employees manage their health?”

The joint study, detailed in the report, “Wearable Fitness: Giving Employee Wellness Programs a Boost,” describes the role and possible uses of including fitness trackers (UP by Jawbone) in wellness programs. The study participants, more than 500 employees of Boehringer Ingelheim, were encouraged by initial programmatic elements to get and keep moving while wearing their fitness trackers.

The results of the study indicated the benefits of including fitness trackers in employee wellness programs, most especially indicated by the increase in the average amount of sleep gained by Boehringer Ingelheim employees.

For a more in-depth look at the results of the study, take a look at our scientific findings report.