Teleworkers more likely to pursue wellness options on their own compared to office-based counterparts

Among the nearly two-thirds of full-time U.S. employees who say they do not participate in a workplace wellness program, teleworkers are more likely to pursue wellness options on their own compared to their office-based counterparts. However, about 45 percent of all employees—no matter where they work—do not participate in wellness-related activities either through their workplace or individually.

These are among the findings from a national probability telephone survey of 617 full-time employed adults commissioned by Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc (FSG/WLF), conducted by ORC International and co-sponsored by Citrix.

“Many organizations bucket wellness, work life flexibility and other employee strategies into separate silos rather than linking them together in a holistic approach that benefits business and employee performance,” said flexible workplace strategist Cali Williams Yost, CEO, Flex+Strategy Group. “Despite employers investing millions of dollars to promote employee health, almost half of the U.S. workplace does not budge.”

The study found the following:

• Only one-third of employees (33 percent) said they participate in a workplace wellness or wellbeing program with those aged 30 or older more likely to do so than their Gen Y colleagues.

• Twenty percent said even though their company provides a wellness program, they do not participate.

• A quarter (25 percent) said wellness/wellbeing programming is not an option at their workplace.

• But on a positive note, nearly 20 percent noted that despite not participating in a corporate wellness program, they pursue wellness opportunities on their own, with teleworkers (24 percent) having significantly more initiative than those that work in an office (17 percent).

“Teleworkers use their inherent sense of discipline, focus and ability to prioritize to not only get their work done, but also pursue a healthy lifestyle,” Yost said. “It’s a positive outcome of telework that employers should value when we consider that one-third of all full-time U.S. employees now work from a remote location.”

SOURCE: http://www.flexstrategygroup.com/

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