By 2018, Employers Will Focus on Employee Well-Being
About 64 percent of employers say they will focus on building a workplace culture that promotes employee well-being by 2018 according to an analysis by Willis Towers Watson P.L.C.
That equates out to be two-thirds of U.S. employers who want to get more of their workers engaged in their health. Last year, only 34 percent of employers considered a wellness culture as a primary strategy.
Even though wellness program participation tends to be low, the survey showed that the average employer spends about $461 per employee.
Additional highlights from the survey are provided below:
Overall Wellness Plan Improvements
- 70 percent of employers say they have improved the workplace’s physical environment by adding walking paths, implementing bike-sharing programs or putting healthy foods in the cafeteria.
- 62 percent of employers use “local champions” to influence health behaviors.
- 61 percent encourage workers to share personal stories of their health.
- 32 percent leverage social networks to foster a culture of wellness
- 64 percent of employers offer employees online health improvement tools and 58 percent provide a web portal devoted to health related information.
Onsite Screening & Vaccinations
- 84 percent of employers offer on-site vaccinations
- 85 percent provide health risk assessments
- 73 percent offer biometric screenings
- 81 percent of employers in 2015 offered access to weight management programs
- 77 percent offered worksite diet and exercise activities
- 72 percent provided telephonic lifestyle behavior coaching programs
- 47 percent of employers are including financial wellness programs as part of their overall wellness strategy
- 80 percent plan to include it by 2018
- 46 percent of employers in 2015 offered telemedicine
- 24 percent said they plan to offer it in 2016
- 20 percent said they were considering it for 2017 or 2018
To view the full analysis, click here.
Save the date for January 24, 2017 as The Alliance will explore the new approach of well-being programs at our Alliance Learning Circle event.
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