The 2017 Workforce Health & Wellness Benefits survey was completed by 631 HR practitioners & other executives with the following summary of findings:
1. Increasing employee engagement is the top driver for offering wellbeing programs, including Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs).
2. 90% of employees believe their wellbeing programs positively affect work culture.
3. More than ever, organizations are committed to holistic wellbeing. Mental health programs passed physical activity programs in popularity for the first time in the five-year history of the survey.
4. Having a measurement strategy is closely correlated with increases in wellbeing program participation and engagement.
5. Becoming an employer of choice is the top reason organizations that measure the outcomes of wellbeing programs use when making the business case for wellbeing.
6. Organizations with robust wellbeing programs are seen as employers of choice.
7. Global organizations indicate that their programs have a higher impact on employee engagement, recruiting and retention than all companies surveyed.
These key findings validate the continued expansion of wellbeing program goals from reducing health care costs to encompassing a holistic, more personalized wellbeing agenda which, in addition to improving health, addresses the challenge of slower productivity growth with improved culture and more engaged employees.