Not a Member? Get access to HR news and resources that you can trust.
Don't leave the task of calculating total cost of workforce to the finance department.
Is your employee handbook ready for the changing world of work? With SHRM’s Employee Handbook Builder get peace of mind that your handbook is up-to-date.
60+ new SHRM Seminar dates in 10 U.S. cities and virtually.
Expand your influence and learn how to become an effective leader -- Join us in Phoenix, AZ, October 2-4, 2017.
While a majority of human resource professionals say that wellness programs can help to reduce an employer’s health care costs, only 55 percent of respondents to a recent poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported that their companies offered an onsite workplace wellness program to their employees.
The Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota commissioned the SHRM Workplace Wellness Initiatives Survey, which was released on Dec. 6, 2012. The Minnesota alliance collaborated in releasing the survey data and conducted 23 focus groups to supplement the survey data.
The survey results were compiled from the responses of 405 randomly selected SHRM members. Nearly half (49 percent) of the respondents reported that the top health-related issue for their organizations is the cost of providing health care benefits. Other top health issues were decreased productivity, absenteeism, and workers’ compensation or disability claims.
Among the respondents whose organizations offer health care benefits to employees, 19 percent of the respondents reported that their companies spend 25 to 49 percent of their operating budgets on employee health insurance. Seventy-six of the respondents said their businesses spend less than 25 percent.
Eighty-four percent of the respondents saw a clear connection to wellness initiatives and reducing overall health care costs, and 96 percent reported that wellness programs can help workers develop healthier lifestyles.
More than two-thirds of those without programs said that their employers were interested in developing a wellness program within the next three years. Among the respondents whose employers’ had wellness initiatives in place, approximately three-quarters reported that less than 10 percent of their organizations’ annual operating budgets was spent on wellness programs.
Respondents said their top concerns for employee health conditions were obesity, stress and mental health, lack of exercise, chronic diseases and high blood pressure. Additionally, just over half of the respondents gave their organizations’ employees a grade B or good rating for their health condition, and 38 percent gave their employees a grade C or fair rating.
Bill Leonard is senior writer for SHRM.
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Your session has expired. Please log in again before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
Choose from dozens of free webcasts on the most timely HR topics.
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 3,200 companies