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Employers, Employees Share Insights on Workplace Wellness

Thousands of employers and employees across the county share their thoughts on healhty lifestyles and workplace wellness annually. Here’s a full summary of the 2013 survey findings – stay tuned for the 2014 report!

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Top Findings:

Virgin Pulse, in partnership with Workforce Management magazine, surveyed 1,308 businesses and 9,918 employees in 2013 on the impact of health and wellness, gaining insight on how the landscape for health and wellness programs is changing year to year.

  • Health and wellness programs are important to employees. Approximately 87 percent of employees surveyed said they consider health and wellness offerings when choosing an employer, and 80 percent of employees surveyed believe their employer cares about their well-being.
  • Health and wellness programs have a positive impact on an organization’s culture.Seventy percent of employees say that wellness programs positively influence the culture at work. Survey respondents shared that their health and wellness habits are not just motivated by colleagues (58 percent), but also spouses/partners (53 percent), friends (41 percent) and children (32 percent).
  • Incentives play a big role in motivating employees to participate in wellness programs. Sixty-one percent of employees say they’re a key reason they participate and 78 percent claim they’re interested in participating in incentive-based programs at work.
  • Communication is a concern. Only 51 percent of employees surveyed said they have a good understanding of how to participate in health and wellness programs being offered by their employers. With 82 percent of organizations relying primarily on email as the main source of communication for these programs, there’s a trend of companies moving to a more direct communication model of manager to employee, with 26 percent of organizations reporting they’re now using this method.
  • Measuring impact continues to be a challenge. While employees are confident in reporting how health and wellness programs have benefited them, employers still struggle with finding a tangible way to directly correlate these programs to bottom-line benefits – yet 67 percent are exploring the possible connections