New Survey Provides Sweeping Overview of Current State of Employer-Sponsored Well-Being Programs

Most HR leaders (61%) say demand for well-being programs has increased in recent months, as has employee utilization (63%) of the programs, according to WorldatWork’s “Workplace Well-Being Trends” survey. Workforce well-being programs support an employee’s physical, emotional or financial health and nurture a positive and productive organizational culture (they are distinct from health care benefits). The comprehensive survey gauges employer vs. employee opinions of nine well-being offerings; gender and generational attitudes towards different well-being initiatives; influencing factors on an organization’s support of programs; the role of leadership in supporting a culture of well-being; manager training to identify mental health challenges, and more.

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Sample Findings:

  • 43% of employers cite an increase or significant increase in overall productivity, and 53% cite no change in productivity since migrating to remote work.
  • Well-being programs often include diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives—68% of organizations include DEI in their well-being menu of offerings and 59% of employees agree that these programs improve their work experience.
  • Not all well-being programs are driving the intended impact on culture or worker health. 92% of organizations make workplace well-being a priority and 96% have programs, but only 70% of employees agree their employer cares about well-being a great or good deal.
  • An employer’s decision to invest in well-being is most influenced by culture/well-being goals (66%), perspectives from executive leadership (61%) and a desire for enhanced workforce productivity/engagement (60%).
  • More than 1/3 of workers are perpetually burned out, which impacts engagement, innovation, productivity, and well-being. The drivers of burn-out are largely related to job duties, manager interactions and personal health concerns.
  • While mental health benefits are the most frequent well-being program organizations offer, 61% of organizations do not provide managers with training to help identify and support employees experiencing mental health challenges.

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“For HR professionals, executives and managers, there’s a wealth of data in this research to help assess your organization’s well-being initiatives and benchmark what the best places to work are doing,” said Scott Cawood, WorldatWork CEO. “This survey highlights that a culture of well-being plays a far more critical role than anyone benefit program to the long-term success of an organization. In fact, it is this type of culture that elevates the employee experience and ultimately leads to a more resilient workforce.”

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