70% of employers believe they provide good access to health and wellness benefits and support, but only 23% of employees agree, which could have a significant impact on productivity, according to Aetna International's Business of Health 2020 report.
Titled Tackling polarised perceptions of corporate health and wellness, the report looks at some of the challenges faced by corporations in maintaining a healthy workforce and improving business performance.
Despite the vast majority of businesses (94%) agreeing they want employees to prioritise physical and mental health over work, most employees don't believe the support they are offered is good enough.While 70% of employers believe they provide good access to programmes that support health and wellness, less than a quarter (23%) of employees think the same - 24% actually rated the support provided by their employer as poor.
Ultimately, the goal of every wellness programme is to inspire individuals to change their wellness habits"
"Clearly, the first goal of a workplace wellness programme is to help employees become healthier, but it's no longer just about medical cost, attraction, retention and productivity; people are recognising that these programmes are improving their stock performance," Cate Darroue, senior director, product & marketing, EMEA, Aetna International said.
"Ultimately, the goal of every wellness programme is to inspire individuals to change their wellness habits — and to give them the tools to be successful," she added.
Significantly, two thirds (67%) of workers stated that they would not join a company if it did not have clear policy on supporting those with mental health issues including stress, anxiety or depression, reflecting the priorities of today's jobseekers.
Nearly a third (32%) of employees rate their company's current mental health support as poor, compared with just 16% of bosses.
"Many employers offer a one-size-fits-all well-being solution. It may be a very good package of benefits but only relevant to 25% of the population. Also, many employees are simply not aware of what's available to them. As a result, employers' considerable investments are missing the mark — not because they aren't great solutions, but because they haven't focused enough on fully understanding and addressing individual needs and company culture from the top," Simon Miller, senior director, Customer Proposition, Aetna International said.
"We find that the most effective well-being engagement initiatives are often driven by the CEO, improved line manager capability and support, and employee champions."