Survey: Are you doing enough for your employees?

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Employers claim improvement in well-being culture, but 1 in 3 employees are unaware of their well-being benefits or don’t know how to use them, survey shows.

Workplace culture continues to evolve in many ways. Employers are finally beginning to put their employees first by centering their culture around making their people happy and healthy. And the advantages don’t stop there. The companies that invest in the health and well-being of their workers demonstrate a higher market valuation than those that don’t1. Investing in your wellness benefits not only is the right thing to do – it makes good business sense.

The wellness benefits landscape today

A recent survey by LifeWorks amongst 500 senior US HR professionals found that although 71% of employers see well-being as a fundamental driver of their workplace culture, awareness of remains low.  The top five reasons were:

  1. Unaware of their benefits (17%)
  2. Don’t understand how to use the benefits (16%)
  3. Don’t have time to use them (16%)
  4. No interest in addressing their well-being (10%)
  5. Don’t feel supported by their peers (10%)
  6. Employers who took part also shared which benefits are the most popular ones among US employees. The top three were health insurance, flexible scheduling and free food and snacks.

Looking forward to the next three years, top wellness benefits that employers will be offering are flex scheduling, mental health support, stress management programmes, commuter benefits and mindfulness training.

“These findings show that employers need to do more to inform employees about what’s available to them. Offering benefits is a great start, but you’re setting your staff up to fail if you’re not properly educating them on why and how they should use their benefits.  It starts with your culture.” says Jamie True, CEO of LifeWorks.

“Therefore, to shift your culture to focus more on employee well-being, play an active role in promoting your wellness benefits,” he adds.

But how can employers keep their benefits in the forefront?

The trick is determining how to build a culture of well-being and how to encourage your employees to take personal responsibility for their health. LifeWorks advocates the use of the three E’s – educate, engage and encourage.

“Interestingly, the survey found 78% of employers think their company can improve how they communicate about their wellness initiatives.  Employers must develop a comprehensive communications plan and train all levels of leadership on how to engage the entire staff with their benefits and wellness programmes on a regular basis. Be consistent, get staff involved and encourage them to take personal responsibility for their health” says Jon Harris, President & Chief Operating Officer.