Workplace Wellness Trends
2019 Survey Report

U.S. and Canadian organizations are spending more on health care as both demand and cost continue to rise. As a result, more and more organizations turn to workplace wellness programs, both to improve worker well-being and to reduce health care expenditures.

The Workplace Wellness Trends benchmarking report examines:

  • How Prevalent Are Wellness Offerings Today? 
  • Why Do Organizations Offer Wellness Benefits to Workers?
  • Which Conditions Are the Costliest for Organizations?
  • What Are Organizations Doing to Help Improve Worker Wellness?
    • Including Physical Fitness, Nutrition, Health Screenings, Smoking Cessation, Social and Community Health, Mental Health and Worker Growth
  • Who Designs and Implements Wellness Programs? 
  • How Do Organizations Communicate Wellness Benefits?
  • What is the Average Wellness Program Budget?
  • How Are Incentives Used in Wellness Programs?
  • Wellness Data: What Do Organizations Collect, and What Do They Do With It?
    • Using Metrics and Data to Guide Wellness Programs and to Examine Return on Investment (ROI) and Value on Investment (VOI)
  • What Barriers Do Organizations Face When Implementing Wellness Programs? 

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Primary Reason Organizations Offer Wellness Benefits 2022-2019

Mental Health

In both the United States and Canada, the share of organizations that provide mental health coverage to their employees has increased substantially since 2014. This year’s survey found that 79% of Canadian organizations offer mental health coverage, up from 40% in 2014, and 87% of U.S. organizations offer coverage, up from 69% in 2014.

Percentage of Orgnizations Offering Mental Health Coverage

Costliest Conditions

In the United States and Canada, health care conditions having the most impact on organizations’ overall health care costs include musculoskeletal conditions (including arthritis, back, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.) (53%), followed by cancer (47%), diabetes (44%) and cardiovascular disease/heart disease (32%).

Nearly three in ten (28%) of United States and Canadian organizations reported mental/behavioral health costs as one of their costliest health care conditions—up significantly from 15% reported in 2012.

Percentage of Orgnizations Offering Mental Health Coverage

Smoking, Vaping and the Workplace

In recent years, smoking rates have declined in both the United States and Canada. It is standard practice to prohibit smoking in the workplace, but what are employers saying about vaping? Almost half (45%) of organizations have a formal policy regarding vaping at work—and generally it aligns with smoking policies. One-third (33%) of organizations surveyed do not have a formal vaping policy. 


Note: All data represented in the infographics above reflects combined U.S. and Canadian survey results.