U.S. businesses embrace wellness, survey
BY Staff | December 11, 2012
Human resource professionals and other business leaders in the U.S. are starting to see the benefits of workplace wellness, according to a research project called The States of Wellness.
Results of the research show a majority (87%) of those surveyed—predominately human resource executives in large public and private companies—believe there are benefits to incorporating wellness at work and more than half (55%) have started some kind of initiative.
Almost 70% believe that larger investments in wellness help curb healthcare costs. Employers overwhelmingly agree that worksite wellness initiatives help workers develop healthier lifestyles (96%), increase productivity (84%), lower healthcare costs (84%), and reduce absenteeism (78%).
Although "costs" continue to top their concerns regarding the health of employees (84%), employers perceive other important values of worksite wellness:
- decreased productivity (73%)
- absenteeism (70%)
- reduction of workers' compensation or disability claims (58%).
Employers top three choices in health challenges facing employees were:
- obesity (52%)
- stress/mental health (51%)
- lack of exercise/fitness (51%).
Despite wanting to understand the impact wellness has on the bottom line—84% of employers place high value on measuring ROI related to wellness—only 42% of those with wellness initiatives in place actually do it.
Those who have not begun worksite wellness programs are most worried about cost (65%), low potential participation (59%), and lack of time necessary to implement a wellness initiative (54%).
Read more of the findings at The States of Wellness.
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