Nearly half of Americans think their employer isn’t investing enough in their health and wellness

Health benefits can make a significant difference in people’s job satisfaction and may even impact their choice of jobs, according to a survey conducted by One Medical Group. The results also suggest that despite offering health insurance options, many companies still have some work to do when it comes to keeping their employees healthy and happy.

Effect of benefits on job satisfaction. Almost universally, working professionals say that employee benefits have a big impact on their workplace satisfaction. Fifty-nine percent say that employee benefits are “very important” to how they feel about their job and their employer, and 36 percent say benefits are “somewhat important” to how they feel.

While benefits matter a lot for employees of all ages, they’re most important when it comes to attracting and retaining seasoned professionals. The study shows that 58 percent of workers who are over 60 rate benefits as “very important”, as do 66 percent of those aged 45-60, and 59 percent of 30-40-year-olds. Less than half (45 percent) of 18-29-year-olds rate benefits as “very important” to how they feel about their job and their employer.

Employee benefits can also make a big difference for people when they’re deciding between competing job offers, with 69 percent saying they might choose one job over another if it offered better employee benefits.

Involvement in keeping employees healthy. When it comes to which types of benefits would be most valued, respondents voiced a strong preference for health benefits. In fact, 2 out of 3 professionals would rather have better health and wellness benefits than more perks.

The study also indicates that professionals want their employers to play a bigger role in their health and wellness. A majority of respondents (64 percent) believe that keeping them healthy should be one of the top goals of their company’s benefits program.

And yet, the data also shows that only 49 percent think that health is actually a top priority for their company. Many more people (66 percent) believe their employer is focused on managing costs.

Impact of wellness programs. According to the survey, many employers offer a range of different health and wellness benefits. Most companies are providing medical insurance (82 percent), and about half are investing in health and wellness programs. The most common programs offered include employee assistance programs (46 percent), on-site vaccinations (40 percent), fitness benefits (31 percent), workshops (27 percent) and on-site health screening (21 percent).

But the data also suggests that companies should carefully review which of these programs have a meaningful impact, because in spite of these programs, many professionals still believe that their employer isn’t doing enough to keep them healthy. Only about half of survey respondents (52 percent) say their company is making sufficient investments in their wellness and preventative care, and only 25 percent think their company’s health and wellness programs are actually making them healthier.


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