Employers, Here’s Where Your Health Benefits Packages Are Taking the Wrong Approach

HR Dive

Employers, times have changed over the past decade. Wellness packages can’t just include your basic health care anymore. If you’re not taking a look at your employees’ overall health and offering them benefits packages that reflect today’s holistic values, you may lose out in the long run over your competition.

Did you know nearly half of all U.S. worksites offer some type of wellness program, according to a recent report from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention? Companies are continuing to offer what are becoming traditional wellness perks, such as gym memberships and weight loss challenges, but it is becoming apparent that employees need more. 

Focusing on well-being doesn’t mean canceling gym memberships or any other wellness initiative, but it does mean making gym memberships the starting point rather than the endpoint in addressing health.
— HR Dive

We have watched as on-site yoga and wellness classes, financial wellness counseling, guided meditation, and more have cropped up in workplaces across the globe, and statistics show they are helping re-define company workflow. A survey by Virgin HealthMiles Inc. and Workforce Management Magazine found that 77% of employees think that employee wellness programs positively impact the company culture, and about 87% of employees said they consider health and wellness offerings when choosing an employer. These newer wellness perks are what is retaining employees and keeping them happy, healthy, and productive.

A recent HR Dive article notes that corporations can fail when they don’t address employee pain points. Therefore, well-being surveys are being utilized as one method to really dive down deep into what employees want in terms of wellness perks. By re-directing focus from age-old health benefits and casting a wider net, employers can be sure they’re offering something for everyone, not just perks employees may not use. Moreover, by simply providing a more comprehensive wellness package, employers are showing employees that their health comes first – and that’s something they won’t forget.

Read the full HR Dive article here for more on what employers should be focusing on regarding wellness packages. They take commitment, and for each company, the benefits offered may have to be unique, but when done correctly, a full holistic wellness package can become a competitive advantage for attracting, retaining, and engaging a thriving workforce.

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