Good news: There’s some convincing evidence that wellness programs are really starting to pay off for employers.
The proof? As a direct result of participating in a wellness program:
- 43% of employees felt motivated to work harder and perform better
- 38% said they experienced improved energy and productivity while at work, and
- 28% missed fewer work days.
These programs may even go a long way toward preventing turnover: 48% of employees said that wellness benefits encourage them to stay in their current employment situation.
All these findings come from the most recent Principal Financial Well-Being Index.
The study also highlighted a prime opportunity for employers to get more out of their wellness offerings.
How? It highlighted the types of benefits employees were clamoring for, as well as the perks they didn’t really care for.
Employees’ most-desired wellness benefits included:
- Fitness facilities (27%)
- Fitness center discounts (24%)
- Weight-management programs (17%), and
- Access to experts – nutritionists, health-management coaches, etc. (15%).
Some of the least-desired perks were at-home health screenings (3%), educational tools/resources (4%) and smoking cessation programs (5%).
Of course, you probably can’t give employees everything they desire. But surveying your staff on what they want from a wellness initiative will improve the chances of your program’s overall success.