Employee Wellness: Increase Employee Engagement, Happiness and Health

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 25th, 2016

employee wellnessIncreasing employee wellness, employee engagement, health, happiness and well-being lies in employers who establish a workplace culture of wellness, according to a study released by Humana and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The study, called “The Wellness Effect: The Impact of Workplace Programs,” examined the scope, reach and impact of workplace wellness programs.

The study surveyed 200 U.S.-based human resources executives and managers and 500 full-time employees from organizations with employer-provided wellness programs.

Here are five findings:

  • Some 67% of employees said participation in wellness programs increased their engagement in their employer’s mission and goals.
  • 91% of employees participating in wellness programs improved their fitness while 89% said participation improved their overall happiness and well-being.
  • Employers and employees agree (46% and 51%, respectively) the biggest obstacle to increased participation in wellness programs is lack of time.
  • About 44% of employers said stress management programs would be the single most effective way of establishing a culture of wellness.
  • While only 14 % of employees regularly participate in stress management programs, some 71% said wellness programs have had at least a moderate impact in lowering stress.

To learn how to improve employee wellness, engagement, happiness and overall health, visit SelfCare for HealthCareContact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.

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