For years, improving overall worker health and wellness has been the primary motivation for organizations to offer wellness benefits for workers. In the International Foundation’s Workplace Wellness Trends: 2019 Survey Report, 69% of U.S. organizations reported that the purpose of their wellness program is to improve the health and wellness of their workers, while 31% do so to control or reduce health-related costs.
One factor that accounts for this difference between organizations is the amount of activity that workers are required to do as part of their jobs. Nearly 80% of organizations with predominantly sedentary jobs say that their main reason for offering wellness benefits is to improve overall worker health and well-being (versus the other main consideration of trying to control or reduce health-related costs). The difference was not as pronounced among employers with more active jobs, with 56% citing worker health and well-being and 44% saying their main reason was to control or reduce health-related costs.
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Workplace Wellness Trends: Active vs. Sedentary Occupations report below.
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