While employee participation in wellness programs might be driven by a sense of personal responsibility, employers benefit from the programs as well. Workers said that, as a direct result of their employer’s wellness programs, they:
• Felt motivated to work harder and perform better (43 percent of employees).
• Missed fewer days of work (28 percent).
• Experienced improved energy and productivity at work (38 percent).
Providing further support for the correlation between personal health and happiness in the workplace, nearly half (48 percent) of workers agreed that wellness benefits encourage them to stay in their current employment situation.
“Employers who invest in their workers’ wellness will see returns beyond a physically healthier employee,” said Amy, vice president of specialty benefits. “By offering workers the means and the educational tools to take control of their wellness, employers promote a healthier, more productive work environment.”