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Survey: 73 Percent Of Workers Consider Health And Wellness Offerings When Choosing A Job
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Workers are looking to their employers for some help in meeting their health and wellness goals, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests. Seventy-three percent of professionals surveyed said a company's health and wellness offerings influence their decision to work there. Employees place the greatest weight on wellness incentives that reward healthy behavior (26 percent) and fitness facilities or programs (23 percent). Fortunately, these are the resources most commonly offered by organizations (43 percent and 41 percent, respectively).
The survey found that wellness incentives and fitness amenities are most commonly sought by employees and provided by companies, yet one-fifth of organizations don't have any health and wellness programs.
View an infographic about corporate health and wellness offerings. Data tables with a breakdown of results by age, gender and company size are also available.
Workers were asked, "To what extent does a company's health and wellness offerings influence your decision to work there?" Their responses:
* A great deal 37%
* Somewhat 36%
* Not at all 28%
(Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.)
The health and wellness offerings valued most by workers, and what's offered at companies (measured by
What Workers Value Most and What Companies Offer):
* Wellness incentives (offering prizes for engaging in healthy behavior) 26% 43%
* Access to fitness facilities or programs 23% 41%
* Healthy food options 15% 34%
* Ergonomic evaluations and equipment 14% 36%
* Stress management resources 12% 32%
* On-site vaccinations or health screenings 10% 32%
* None of these N/A 20%
(Multiple responses were permitted.)
* Professionals ages 18 to 34 (87 percent) most often said health and wellness offerings impact their decision to work at an organization, compared to those ages 35 to 54 (70 percent) and 55 and older (44 percent). Seventy-nine percent of male employees reported the same, versus 65 percent of women.
* Larger companies (500 or more employees) are more likely to have health and wellness programs than smaller ones (20-499 employees).
"Candidates today are taking a holistic view when weighing job offers, including looking at resources that impact their overall well-being," said Stephanie Naznitsky, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Companies that recognize employee health goes beyond standard benefits packages and offer robust wellness programs and perks are more likely to land and retain top talent."
About the Research
The online surveys were developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 1,000 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in the U.S. and more than 2,800 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees in 28 major U.S. cities.
OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has 300 locations worldwide. For additional information, visit roberthalf.com/officeteam. Follow roberthalf.com/officeteam/blog for career and management advice.
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