Few employees believe workplace wellbeing initiatives meet their needs: 4 findings

Sixty-one percent of employees said their employers' wellbeing programs do not meet their needs, according to a recent Willis Towers Watson survey.

Here are four findings from the survey:

1. Although 56 percent of employers believe their current health and wellbeing programs encourage a healthier lifestyle, only 32 percent of employees agree.

2. The gap between employers and employees was smaller when survey participants were asked how core medical plans meet employees' needs. Eighty-one percent of employers believe core medical plans meet employees' needs compared with 66 percent of employees.

3. Eighty-seven percent of employers said employers should take an active role in encouraging employees to live healthy lifestyles, while only 54 percent of employees agreed.

4. "Our research shows that there is considerable opportunity for employers to improve their health and wellbeing programs in the eyes of employees," said Shelly Wolff, a senior healthcare consultant at Willis Towers Watson. "Employers that listen to their employees and formulate strategies that take their needs into account will have the most success re-designing existing programs and introducing new ones."

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