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Employers, Employees Share Insights on Workplace Wellness

Thousands of employers and employees across the county share their thoughts on healthy lifestyles and workplace wellness annually. Here’s a full summary of the 2014 survey findings.

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2014 Top Findings:

Virgin Pulse, in partnership with Workforce Management magazine, surveyed 361 businesses and 3,822 employees in 2014 on the impact of health and wellness, gaining insight on how the landscape for healthy and wellness programs is changing year to year.

  • Wellness drives company culture: 87 percent of employees state that wellness positively impacted work culture, an increase of 10 percent from 2013.
  • Employees want to be healthy: 96 percent of employees participate to improve their own health, making improved health a bigger motivator than financial incentives.
  • It’s not just about physical well-being – mental health is a priority, too: 52 percent of employers offered services for mental health and depression management in 2014, a significant 14 percent increase from last year.
  • Employees want employers to offer more: The top three offerings employees want include physical activity programs (72 percent), healthy on-site food choices (66 percent), and on-site gyms and fitness classes. The top three offerings by employers are smoking cessation programs, physical activity programs, and mental health services.
  • Measurement remains a significant challenge: 30 percent of employers aren’t happy with measurement strategies, and many aren’t tracking key areas: 48 percent are not tracking enhanced engagement, and more than half of the organizations don’t track improved productivity (53 percent).
  • Wellness programs offer employers a leg-up on recruitment: 88 percent of employees describe access to health and wellness programs as an important factor for defining an employer of choice.
  • Employers are leaving money on the table: Nearly half of the employers surveyed, 43 percent, aren’t planning to take advantage of incentives offered as part of the ACA.