Workplace Wellness Trends:
Active vs. Sedentary Occupations

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.

For more information, view the Workplace Wellness Trends: Active vs. Sedentary Occupations report below.

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Primary Reason Organizations Offer Wellness Benefits 2022-2019