Workplace wellness is evolving. In recent years, the concept has outgrown even the designation of “wellness” – a term that typically refers to employees’ physical health, and has found a broader identity as employee “well-being.” The term "well-being" encompasses not only physical wellness but now extends to environmental, emotional, financial and social aspects of health.
How are organizations addressing this change? Cigna recently partnered with HR.com and conducted a comprehensive study to provide insight about the future of employee well-being. When asked how their organizations promote well-being, the following responses were reported:
The trends are clear. For employers looking to promote employee well-being, weight loss challenges are no longer enough. Organizations should strive to approach well-being from a holistic perspective. This means focusing on multiple dimensions of well-being and assessing the needs of their unique employee population. That way employers can make informed decisions about incentive-driven wellness programs that encourage employees to participate and take control of their own well-being.
Statistics noted are from the Cigna “The Future of Employee Well-Being Programs” 2018-2019 survey.