Employee Wellness High on Workplace Agenda - Report
25 March 2013 at 9:35 am
Employee health is high on the agenda of most workplaces, with 95 per cent of organisations in the process of implementing wellness strategies, a new global report has found.
The 2013 Global Workplace Health & Wellness Report, undertaken by workplace health organisation Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) reveals fresh insight into how organisations approach wellness, their successes, challenges and improvement opportunities.
GCC says that the results were collected using an online survey of which 378 organisations from across the world participated.
“The survey has exposed employee participation levels as a primary concern and hurdle for nine in ten wellness managers worldwide,” according to the report.
While the report shows that 95% of organisations stated that they have or plan to have a fully implemented health and wellness strategy, only 22% of organisations report having one fully implemented while less than a quarter of organisations have a fully implemented health and wellness strategy.
“Only a 5% minority continue to ignore the negative workplace impact of employee ill-health and the opportunity – and responsibility – to improve this,” the report says.
“Data shows that most organisations have their sights set on getting 60 per cent of their workforce involved in their wellness initiatives.
“However, the stark reality is that workplace health initiatives today are achieving – on average – under 20 per cent workforce participation. It’s both a considerable shortfall, and a considerable opportunity.”
The report also reveals insights into long-term behavioural change and employee participation in wellness activities including:
- Employee health (69%) and engagement and morale (68%) are the key wellness objectives for organisations.
- 86% of respondents reported lack of time is the main reason employees are not taking part in wellness initiatives.
- 84% of organisations want to empower long-term behaviour change. Organisations are increasingly recognising the sustained outcomes of behavioural change-based wellness strategies in achieving health risk reduction and improved performance in employees.
- Physical inactivity leads as the top risk behaviour addressed, followed by stress and poor nutrition.
- Wellness initiatives are achieving less than 20% participation on average, well short of organisations’ 60% participation goals. Lack of time and interest are cited as top barriers to employee participation, highlighting the potential for greater program flexibility and enjoyment to achieve perception change and improved engagement.
The Global Corporate Challenge was founded in 2003 and is said to be the world's largest corporate health initiative of its kind.