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It is well documented that stress causes or worsens 90% of all illnesses1. With stress levels at an all-time high for many, now is a great time to focus on how to help your employees be and stay well.
In fact, 88% of U.S. companies are investing more in mental health, notably on stress-management and resilience resources.
Is it worth it?
While you are certainly a good person who wants what’s best for your employees, you may be asking yourself, “What’s in it for the company?” Well, it turns out there is data to support the powerful benefits of offering employee well-being programs—physical, behavioral, social or financial— through work. These include:
One study found 80% of employees want perks or benefits more than they want a pay raise!11What perks are you going to offer?
Here are some options to consider, depending on your office culture and environment, when it comes to company-offered benefits to help employees stay well:
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2 Strong, N. (2021, January 4). 2021 Employee Wellness Industry Trends Report. https://blog.wellable.co/2021-employee-wellness-industry-trends-report.
3 Story, C. (2020, March 29). What’s the Connection Between High Blood Cholesterol and Hypertension? Healthline. https://www.healthline. com/health/high-cholesterol/treating -with-statins/hypertension#
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7 Employees Place a Premium on Culture of Wellness but Employers Still Struggle to Communicate and Measure the Effectiveness of Programs, According to New Virgin HealthMiles Survey. Employees Place a Premium on Culture of Wellness but Employers Still Struggle to Communicate and Measure the Effectiveness of Programs, According to New Virgin HealthMiles Survey | Business Wire. (2013, June 3). https://www.businesswire. com/news/home/ 20130603005303/en/Employees-Place-a-Premium-on-Culture-of-Wellness-but-Employers-Still-Struggle-to-Communicate-and-Measure-the-Effectiveness-of-Programs-According-to-New-Virgin-HealthMiles-Survey.
8 Malcolm, H. (2015, September 16). Study: The key to happiness at work is free snacks. USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story /money/2015/09/16/study-says-snacks-affect-happiness-at-work/72259746/.
9 Circle, V. (2021, May 20). Employee Engagement Survey: Everything you need to know. Nurture an Engaged and Satisfied Workforce | Vantage Circle HR Blog. https://blog.vantagecircle.com /employee-engagement-survey/.
10 Importance of Employee Benefits: Increased Focus, Loyalty, & More. Patriot Software. (2021, January 28). https://www.patriotsoftware .com/blog/payroll/why-are-employee-benefits-important-purpose/.
11 Fractl. (2020, June 10). Employee Benefits Study: The Cost and Value of Employee Perks. Fractl. https://www.frac.tl/employee-benefits-study/#:~:
12 Achor, S. (2010). The happiness advantage: The seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work.
13 Accenture. (n.d.). It's Not 1 in 4 it's All of Us: Why Supporting the Mental Health of Younger Workers Starts with Organisational Culture . Accenture. Why Supporting the Mental Health of Younger Workers Starts with Organisational Culture .
14 Work, G. P. to. (n.d.). It's Time to Rethink Job Perks for a Post Pandemic World. Great Place to Work®. https://www.greatplacetowork .com/resources/blog/it-s-time-to-rethink-job-perks-for-a-post-pandemic-world.