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Work Life Balance: Workplace Wellness Programs Increase Employee Health and Nurse Retention

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 6th, 2013

According to the Principal Financial “Well-Being Index: American Workers,” 62% of workers believe workplace wellness activities are successful in improving health and reducing health risks, up from 55% two years ago.

By participating in workplace wellness offerings, American employees are approaching their work with more energy and motivation. 51% of program participants feel wellness benefits encourage them to work harder and perform better, and another 59% say they have more energy to be productive at work as a result of their participation in employer-sponsored wellness programs.

“As wellness programs become more established in the workplace, we are seeing a growing number of employees appreciate – and expect – that their employer offers these benefits,” said Lee Dukes, president of Principal Wellness Company, a subsidiary of the Principal Financial Group. “In the wake of the financial crisis, which has left many companies stretched thin, maintaining a productive workforce is a priority for organizations.”

Nearly half (45%) of employees agree that an employer-sponsored wellness program would encourage them to stay in their current employment situation, up from 40% in 2011. Additionally, 43% of participants say wellness programs have led them to miss fewer days of work, up 8% from 2011.

Employers are offering new ways to encourage employees to participate in a wellness program, including encouragement such as 20% lower health insurance costs, contribution to their health savings accounts, gift certificates, and/or paid time off.

The survey was conducted online in the United States by Harris Interactive, between Oct. 30 and Nov. 7, 2012, among 1,103 employees.

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2 responses to “Work Life Balance: Workplace Wellness Programs Increase Employee Health and Nurse Retention”

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  2. Jean Harvey says:

    Thanks for this information .Very encouraging news for an important and vital group in this healthcare paradigm.

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