No matter your business size, there’s value in building a culture of health in your workplace. Wellness programs are one of the leading ways employers influence worker well-being, health and productivity.
We were curious about how employers use wellness programs, so we asked SFM policyholders in a recent survey.
Wellness programs varied by organization size
Of the 209 survey respondents, 1/3 answered “yes” to the question, “Does your workplace offer a wellness program?”
Results varied by size, with larger employers more likely to have a wellness program.
For the smallest companies, under 50 employees, only 17 percent responded that they had a wellness program. This increased to 33 percent for companies with 50-499 employees and 50 percent for businesses with 500-999 employees. Two-thirds of the largest businesses, with more than 500 employees, reported a wellness program.
Percentage of employers offering wellness programs by number of employees
- 1000+ 77% 77%
- 500 - 999 50% 50%
- 50 - 499 33% 33%
- 1 - 49 17% 17%
Wellness program topics
The wellness offerings within a program can vary widely. We asked employers who had a wellness program what topics they address.
- Stress reduction 87% 87%
- Physical fitness 85% 85%
- Nutrition 75% 75%
- Weight management 67% 67%
- Mental health 65% 65%
- Smoking cessation 55% 55%
- Financial wellness 50% 50%
Other offerings mentioned:
- Free flu shots
- Medication management
- Chronic health issues
- Workplace relationships
For more information on workplace wellness programs, see our posts:
- Two key factors for a successful workplace wellness program
- ROI and VOI: A strong wellness program measures both
- 10 statistics that make the case for workplace wellness programs
For more on specific topics such as stress, fatigue and mindfulness, see all the posts in our Wellness category.