4 out of 5 employees rate office well-being programs as valuable

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Employee wellness programs are important to more than half of American workers. (Getty/udra)

Four out of five employees rate their employers’ well-being programs as valuable, according to a new report.

Workers who rated their employee experience as positive placed greater importance on financial well-being, emotional well-being and physical well-being versus those who rated their experience as poor, according to the survey from the National Business Group on Health, Alight Solutions and Kantar Consulting.

In fact, 70% of people said they stay in their jobs because of well-being programs, and 80% believe well-being programs are a good business investment, the survey found.

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Still, 62% of U.S. employees had a negative perception of their state of well-being, and 36% believed that a healthy life requires more time, attention or money than they have.

And while many feel stuck in their current state, they find great value in support from employers. In fact, a person’s happiness in the workplace is closely connected to well-being.

In the 2019 report, 61% of employees said they are doing everything they can to maintain their health, up 9 percentage points from 2014. And 55% of employees reported feeling in control of their health, down 7 percentage points from 2018. In addition, one-third of these people felt they do not have the time or money to improve their health, up 15 percentage points from 2014.

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What does this all equate to? More stress and less time and money to help improve one’s health, according to the survey.

“Employees appear to be feeling overwhelmed by information and that, despite their efforts, they are not progressing quickly enough to the wellbeing outcome they desire,” Ray Baumruk, vice president consumer experience research and insights at Alight, said in a statement. “There is a huge opportunity for employers to breakthrough the clutter and support their workforce with information and experiences that are simpler, more personalized and more integrated into their employees’ lives.”

Employees rated these well-being programs most favorably: paid time off exchanges, onsite medical clinics and personalized support for navigating healthcare.

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