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Many employees’ poor emotional health will not support healthy lifestyle changes, according to a wellness report by ComPsych Corp., a provider of employee assistance programs (EAPs).
Aggregate data from health assessments across ComPsych’s customer base show that stress, anxiety, depression and poor social support might be hampering employees’ efforts to achieve wellness goals, according to the report,
Employees’ Poor Emotional Wellbeing Is Obstacle to Wellness Efforts.
“There is strong correlation between high stress/emotional issues and poor lifestyle choices,” said Richard A. Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “For example, smoking and overeating may be a means to self-medicate undiagnosed depression.
“To be effective, corporate wellness programs must focus on emotional as well as physical factors of the employee and include a counseling component to address underlying issues,” he advised.
The study revealed that large numbers of employees:
In addition, employees’ habits trend toward unhealthy behaviors. For example:
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