Benefits

Wellness Programs Expand to Improve Employees’ ‘Total Wellbeing’

More employers are investing in “total well-being” programs that address areas such as financial and emotional health, according to the 7th annual survey on corporate health and well-being from Fidelity Investments Benefits Consulting and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). The survey revealed employers are adding programs that help their workers manage stress, improve their resiliency, and assist with their financial challenges.

This year’s survey results indicate employers recognize that a “healthy” employee can be affected by nonhealth factors, according to an NBGH press release, so “wellness” programs need to address emotional and financial needs, rather than focusing solely on physical health.

“Employers have long understood the importance of improving employee productivity and are now focused on the factors that impact productivity, specifically the drivers of well-being, such as emotional stress and financial challenges, to achieve their goals,” said Adam Stavisky, senior vice president, Fidelity Benefits Consulting.

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