Despite employers investing millions of dollars to promote employee health, almost half of the U.S. workplace does not budge. The problem is that many organizations separate wellness, work life flexibility and other employee strategies into separate initiatives rather than linking them together to benefit both business and employee performance. It’s time to break down the silos because employee wellness and work life flexibility are better together.
These are among the key findings from a national probability telephone survey commissioned by Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc. (FSG/WLF), co-sponsored by Citrix, and conducted by ORC International (+/- 4 percent margin of error).
The survey found:
- While teleworkers are more likely to pursue wellness options on their own compared to their office-based counterparts, almost half of all full-time U.S. employees do not participate in wellness-related activities no matter where they work.
- The survey also showed that a lack of work life flexibility is not a barrier to wellness since almost all employees indicated they have some form of flexibility.
- However, training and guidance on how to manage that flexibility does positively influence employee wellness pursuits.
More details of the survey findings are in the press release and infographic below.