Stress continues to drive employees’ work-related health concerns, which is probably why most respondents (78 percent) in a recent survey claim they would take part in a Employee Wellness Plan to help their overall health and wellness.
In a recent study commissioned by the American Association of Occupational
Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN), 500 full-time employees nationwide were interviewed
“Today’s employees are clearly dealing with a lot of pressures such as
the effects of 9/11, an unstable economy, national security threats and work/balance
issues. There is a real opportunity for employers to serve as an ally to their
employees by providing them with resources to better manage their physical and
emotional health – anything from stress management lunch and learns to nutrition
and exercise counseling,” says Deborah V. DiBenedetto, president of AAOHN.
Nearly 80 percent of respondents believe their health would improve if they
were offered the right information and tools through a viable Employee Wellness
Topping the list of most interesting Employee Wellness Programs cited by employees
is stress management (85 percent), closely followed by testing initiatives (84
percent), exercise/physical fitness initiatives (84 percent), medical insurance
education (81 percent) and disease management lunch and learns (80 percent).
More than half of employees (61 percent) would rather receive health and wellness
information from a health care consultant or onsite nurse, compared to pamphlets
or brochures (18 percent) or human resources staff (15 percent).