Employers, Employees Share Insights on Workplace Wellness
A healthy workforce plays a role in maintaining a healthy business. As demonstrated by the organization response this year, health and wellness has a significant role to play. Health and wellness benefits are offered at 80.4 percent of the organizations surveyed, the priority placed on wellness. This year Virgin HealthMiles in partnership with Workforce Management magazine surveyed 1,308 businesses and 9,918 employees to further understand the impact of health and wellness and to gain insight into how the landscape for health and wellness programs is changing year to year.
- Health and wellness programs are important to employees. Approximately 87% of employees surveyed said they consider health and wellness offerings when choosing an employer, and 80% of employees surveyed believe their employer cares about their well-being.
- Health and wellness programs have a positive impact on an organization’s culture. 70% 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%) but also spouses/partners (53%), friends (41%) and children (32%).
- Incentives matter. Incentives also play a big role in motivating employees to participate in wellness programs. 61% of employees say they’re a key reason they participate and 78% claiming they’re interested in participating in incentive-based programs at work
- Communication is a concern. Only 51% 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% 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% 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% are exploring the possible connections