Here’s an excerpt from The Business of Healthy Employees: A Survey of Workplace Health Priorities (2014):
Employers are up against an epic crisis: disengaged employees. Employees are tuned out on the job, and their declining engagement and productivity is costing employers at the bottom line. As employers scramble to get their workforce back on track and engaged in their jobs and companies, the solution may be closer than many realize.
The surest route to driving engagement? Investing in employees. With a growing awareness from the C-suite that investment in workplace wellness can be the key to turning disengaged, disinterested employees into productive, focused brand champions committed to their organization, more organizations are supporting employees with robust, holistic wellness programs.
To better understand how employers and employees are engaging with wellness programs, Virgin Pulse, in collaboration with Workforce magazine, surveyed 361 organizations and 3,822 employees to gain insight into the challenges and benefits of workplace wellness programs and how programs are developing year over year.
Here are 7 key findings from the survey:
1. Wellness drives company culture: 87.4 percent of employees state that wellness positively impacted work culture, an increase
of 10 percent from 2013.
2. Employees want to be healthy: 96.3 percent of employees participate to improve their own health, making improved health a
bigger motivator than financial incentives.
3. It’s not just about physical well-being — mental health is a priority, too: 52.4 percent of employers offered services for mental
health and depression management in 2014, a significant 14 percent increase from last year.
4. Employees want employers to offer more: The top three offerings employees want include physical activity programs
(72.4 percent), healthy on-site food choices (65.5 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.
5. Measurement remains a significant challenge: 30 percent of employers are dissatisfied with measurement strategies, and
many organizations are not tracking key areas: 47.8 percent are not tracking enhanced engagement, and more than half of the
organizations don’t track improved productivity (53.1 percent).
6. 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.
7. Employers are leaving money on the table: Nearly half of the employers surveyed, 43.1 percent, aren’t planning to take
advantage of incentives offered as part of the ACA.