These days, our employees spend the majority of their days and weeks at work or doing work-related activities. But quality work doesn’t just happen because they’re sitting at their desks, standing on their feet, or hunching over their devices all day. In fact, when they’re go, go, go 24/7, they’re more likely to neglect what matters most: Their well-being.
Busy employees aren’t maintaining healthy habits, meaning they’re feeling lousy and disengaged at work and in life. The last thing they’re able to do is bring their best selves to work, which only further drives their disengagement. The real problem isn’t that employees aren’t interested in their work. It’s that they’re not engageable™ in the first place.
However, there’s a solution – and it’s one that benefits both your company and your people.
Our latest survey, “The Business of Healthy Employees 2014: A Survey of Workplace Health Priorities,” finds that a healthier, more engaged employee is ultimately a happier, more productive one. Nearly 90 percent of employees say that access to health and wellness is a differentiator when they are choosing an employer. Likewise, 87 percent say that participating in wellness programs has a positive impact on company culture.
And it’s not just employees who are witnessing the impacts of wellness. Fifty-three percent of employers report that wellness programs increase engagement, and nearly three quarters plan to expand their programs in the future.
Take a look at our latest infographic below to learn more about how robust wellness benefits are improving employees’ well-being while driving big business benefits for the companies they work for.
Have you noticed a lift in employee engagement since rolling out your wellness program? What kind of impact has that had on company culture? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
We’re excited to share that we’ve been named one of the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Massachusetts, on the heels of the announcement earlier this spring that named Virgin Pulse one of the Healthiest Employers 2014 by the same publication.
The company culture here at Virgin Pulse is unique, with our mission of changing lives for good and making companies better at the core of it all. And the only way we make that happen is by putting our people at the center of everything we do.
“At Virgin Pulse, we’re more than award-winning products and technologies. We pride ourselves on our people — the ones who’ve chosen to join our team and who carry out our mission of changing lives for good and making companies better,” said Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “We have a talented, phenomenal team here at Virgin Pulse and, while we’re not in it for the awards, being highlighted by the Boston Business Journal as one of Massachusetts’ ‘Best Places to Work’ is some fantastic recognition for all of the great work the team is collectively doing to deliver on our mission and help people live better every day. Work is a lot more fun when you’ve got a great group of people to work with and you know you’re making a difference, and that’s one of the reasons our employees love coming to work day in and day out.”
Our employees get access to the same wellness platform our clients use. It lets them earn cash rewards for participating and hitting certain milestones, adding up to hundreds of dollars annually and discounts off their health insurance premium.
We also offer robust health and wellness benefits, like flexible work arrangements, medical, dental and vision coverage, long-term care coverage, short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, an EAP program, online and telephonic wellness coaching, annual biometric screenings, generous PTO and holidays. We’ve got other perks for our employees too, like a kitchen stocked with free health snacks, two on-site fitness centers, weekly fitness classes, and more.
All of the programs, benefits and perks we offer up have one common goal: To drive engagement and company culture by getting and keeping our employees in the driver’s seat of the own lives. The better they’re able to manage their non-work priorities – like their health, finances, sleep, and relationships – the more engageable™ they’ll be, making their priorities on the job a whole lot easier to manage. The only way to get there is by investing in our employees, making it clear that Virgin Pulse values them and the contributions they’re making.
“It’s become critical to create a culture that engages employees, showing them that the company cares about all aspects of their well-being,” Boyce, said in our recent survey, “The Business of Healthy Employees 2014: A Survey of Workplace Health Priorities”.
“Employers need employees who are able to engage and to get that, employers have to invest in their workforce with tools and resources that drive daily healthy habits in order to create a workforce that’s got the energy, focus and drive necessary to engage at work and in life. When employees feel supported and secure, they’re able to connect and bring their best to work.”
We’re so happy we’ve been recognized as one of Boston Business Journal’s “Best Place to Work”, and extend our applause to all the award recipients!
Learn more about how health and wellness programs drive employee engagement. Take a peak at our new survey, “The Business of Healthy Employees 2014: A Survey of Workplace Health Priorities.”
Happy, healthy employees are the secret behind successful companies. They’re also the force driving National Employee Wellness Month.
Founded in 2009 by Virgin Pulse and the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, this important initiative helps business leaders learn how companies successfully engage employees in healthy lifestyles. Held annually in June, National Employee Wellness Month is sponsored by both organizations and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork, with 2014 marking the sixth year of the campaign. By shining a spotlight on wellness, employers can not only improve employee health and productivity, but reduce healthcare costs and create an all-around more engaged workplace.
This year, National Employee Wellness Month kicks off on June 2, with the highest number of Proud Supporters ever! More than 200 companies are pledging their support for National Employee Wellness Month 2014. Leading organizations including AOL, Coca-Cola, Nationwide, and Walgreens will offer up healthy workplace activities throughout June.
All Proud Supporters of National Employee Wellness Month are committed to company-wide wellness, taking an active role in helping their employees live long-term, healthy lifestyles.
Last year’s National Employee Wellness Month participants shared dozens of personal success stories and competed in a physical activity challenge. Challenge participants averaged more than 9,600 daily steps, totaling over 19 billion combined steps. That’s enough to circle the globe more than 380 times!
It’s a safe bet that this year’s participants are going to have some amazing achievements and inspiring success stories of their own—and we want to hear about them! Join the conversation and share your healthy stories on Facebook, Twitter (tweet to @VirginPulse, hashtag #NEWM2014), and Instagram (hashtag #NEWM2014).
Is your organization a Proud Supporter of National Employee Wellness Month? What healthy workplace events and activities are you promoting in June?