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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wellness Programs Get Results

Forty-one percent of workers agree that having a wellness program encourages them to work harder and perform better at work, according to the latest Principal Financial Well-Being Index. The index surveys American workers at growing businesses with 10 to 1,000 workers and is conducted by Harris Interactive. Fifty-two percent of workers (up from 37% last year) say they have more energy to be more productive at work because they participated in a wellness program. Another 35% (up from 28% a year ago) and say they missed fewer days of work. Forty-five percent of workers chose better overall physical health as the top benefit to participating in a wellness program. Other top mentions included receiving a meaningful incentive from their employer for participation (30%) and reduced personal healthcare costs, greater chance of living a longer, healthier life and reduced stress (29% each). Fifty-five percent of workers rated wellness activities offered by an employer as very successful or somewhat successful in improving health and reducing health risks. The top four wellness benefits workers would most like to see their employer offer are fitness center discounts (25%), on-site preventive screenings (22%), access to wellness experts such as nutritionists (21%), and onsite fitness facilities (19%). However, the top four wellness benefits offered by employers are online wellness information (19%), educational tools or resources (18%), fitness center discounts (17%), and printed wellness information (17%). Interestingly, access to wellness experts was only available to 11% of those surveyed.

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