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Employees Crave Additional Help from Employers

Employees in the United States are looking for more assistance from their employers when it comes to financial and mental health.

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This is according to research from the National Business Group on Health, which found 32% of the more than 2,200 employees surveyed would like their employers to do more to address their financial well-being. Additionally, 27% said they are looking for more help when it comes to mental health.

The top areas employees cited as wanting help to improve their financial health were with health care and prescription drug costs (34%) and housing costs (26%). 

The survey found that two in five employees want help with “burnout at work” specifically, while roughly a quarter would like help so they can sleep better and become more resilient.

“The message from employees to their employers on well-being is loud and clear,” said Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “Employees are looking to their employer to provide support on all areas of well-being — not just physical health programs focused on losing weight or understanding health risks — but those designed to help employees meet their financial, mental, community and social health goals.”

Employees with access to health-enabling communities report higher levels of well-being compared with employees whose workplace communities lack in these supports. Six in 10 employees (59%) whose workplace community supports well-being reported higher well-being levels, more than double the 28% of respondents who said their workplace community doesn’t support well-being. Other community features associated with high levels of employee well-being compared to well-being levels when communities do not offer them include:

Healthy Features Near

Workplace Community

Excellent/Very Good

Overall Well-being

Fair/Poor

Overall Well-being

Access to Convenient Health Care

57%

47%

Sidewalks

47%

38%

Nearby Fitness and Recreation Centers

36%

26%

Restaurants with Healthy Options

34%

20%

Designated Bike Paths and Lanes

27%

15%

 

Employer investment in multiple dimensions of well-being correlates with high levels of employee well-being, according to the survey. Among employers that support four-to-five well-being dimensions, nearly six in ten employees (58%) claimed their overall well-being was excellent or very good, compared to 43% at employers that support only one-to-three dimensions. 

Additionally, nearly nine in 10 employees at employers that support four-to-five dimensions said their job performance is excellent while more than three quarters (77%) said they have an excellent or very good impression of their employer. More than half of these employees (57%) would recommend their employer to other job candidates.


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