How important is employee well-being in workplace culture? According to research by LifeWorks, 71 percent of US employer respondents view employee well-being as a fundamental driver of their workplace culture.
LifeWorks is an HR Technology company that helps employees by providing a global employee well-being platform that serves 49,000 companies with more than 15 million users.
Workplace health and well-being programs can help both the wellness of the employees, but also can lead to a significant increase in the engagement and overall productivity in the workplace. A more productive workplace can save employers thousands per employee from unproductiveness, sick leave and unplanned absences.
And the Survey Says…
LifeWorks survey of 500 senior US-based HR professionals showed that 17 percent of respondents believe employees are unaware of their employee benefits. 16 percent claimed that they do not understand how to use their benefits, and a further 16 percent showed that staffs do not have time to use their employee benefits.
What the research shows is that employers could be doing more to inform their employees about the programs and benefits that are available to them. In order to help turn this around, companies will have to task themselves on rebuilding their culture, so that the employees will get excited about their own health and look to take advantage of the various benefits that would otherwise be under utilized by them without the knowledge.
This is a complicated endeavor for a lot of companies, as a structure has been set in place for decades and reshaping that requires daily practice. Awareness of the programs and benefits needs to be the first priority. Making sure employees feel supported is also valuable, as many may be already dealing with a pre-existing condition and could benefit from the offerings through their workplace that could help them outside of the office.
By continuing to not properly educate employees on why and how to use their benefits, and ignore information such as the research of LifeWorks, employers are setting their staff up to fail.