Workplace Wellness Stats

  1. 61% of employees are burned out on the job. (CareerBuilder)

  2. The top five stress symptoms causing missed work days are constant fatigue (29%); sleeplessness (26%); aches and pains (24%); high anxiety (23%) and weight gain (18%). (CareerBuilder)

  3. Stress-related absences cost Canadian employers about $3.5 billion each year. (Workplace Safety & Prevention Services)

  4. Six in ten Canadians believe “their employer has some responsibility in ensuring their good health.” (Buffett National Wellness Survey)

  5. 53% of organizations want to create a culture that promotes health and wellness. Currently, 60% of organizations offer wellness programs. (SHRM)

  6. The most common wellness benefit is providing resources and information (71% of companies), and 62% give wellness tips or information at least quarterly in the form of a newsletter, e-mail, column, or tweets. (SHRM)

  7. The number of employees with standing desks had a great increase over the past five years, growing more than threefold from 13% in 2013 to 44% in 2017. Other wellness benefits encouraging employees to get up from their desks and move more often are providing fitness tracking bands (8%) and organizing fitness competitions/challenges (28%). (SHRM)

  8. 48% of employees say that investing in professional development is one of the highest-impact strategies to combatting stress that their company can do. (Udemy)

  9. 70% of employers have improved their physical environments to encourage healthy behaviours, including adding healthy foods to cafeteria menus, walking paths, and campus bike-sharing programs. (Willis Towers Watson)

  10. 80% of employees in pet-friendly workplaces say having pets nearby while they work makes them feel “happy, relaxed and sociable” (Purina)

  11. 84% of companies say they now have financial security programs — such as access to budgeting resources, debt management tools, or student loan counseling — as part of their well-being strategies. (Fidelity)

  12. 34% of wellness programs cover financial well-being, 28% cover volunteer opportunities, and 27% include community engagement. (AJG)

  13. 77% would work out more if their employer had a gym they could use during work hours. (Treadmill Reviews)

  14. 53% of employees would participate in an exercise program through their workplace to help lower their health insurance cost. (Aflac)

  15. 61% of employees agree that they’ve made healthier lifestyle choices because of their company’s wellness program. (Aflac)

  16. 38% of wellness program participants said it helped them take fewer sick days. (HealthMine)

  17. 62% of workplace wellness program participants said it helped them lower their healthcare costs. (HealthMine)

  18. 91% of workers at companies that support well-being efforts say they feel motivated to do their best. (American Psychological Association)

  19. 78% of the businesses say employee well-being is a critical part of their business plans. (Virgin Pulse)

  20. Organizations with highly effective health and productivity programs report 11% higher revenue per employee, 1.8 fewer days absent per employee per year, and 28% greater shareholder returns. (Buffett National Wellness Survey)

  21. The main goals of company wellness programs are reducing health costs (60%), investing in culture (43%), and improving employee experience and satisfaction (37%). (AJG)

  22. Of employers offering wellness programs, 67% reported increased employee satisfaction, 66% reported increased productivity, 63% reported increased financial sustainability and growth, and 50% reported decreased absenteeism. (IFEBP)

  23. 54% of benefits professionals cite employee morale as their most improved metric from implementing wellness programs. (HUB)

  24. 74% of employers view well-being as an important to employees and a useful tool for recruiting and retaining staff. (Xerox)

  25. 89% of workers at companies that support well-being efforts are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work. (American Psychological Association)

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