Ever since Pew released their damning report on the state of employee engagement around the world, organisations have been beside themselves trying to improve matters. Central to this has been a growth in programs designed specifically to address the health and wellbeing of employees.
This growth was emphasised by recent research conducted by Quantum Workplace into just how employers are approaching this situation. The study found that around 90 percent of organisations are currently offering programs specifically designed to boost the health and wellbeing of employees.
The aim, Quantum say, is for employees to know that they’re with an organisation that cares about them, with the hope that this will encourage them to put that little bit of extra effort in, to enjoy working for the organisation and to recommend them to friends and associates.
They surveyed around 2,000 employees to try and understand what they knew and understood about the wellness programs offered by their current employer.
Not only were employees generally well aware of the programs offered by their employer, they also seemed pretty happy with them. Over 70 percent of respondents revealed themselves content with what was on offer, with this finding consistent across organisations of all shapes and sizes.
What employees want
What was interesting, however, was the divergence between the benefits employees really wanted, and what their employers provided.
For instance, over 70 percent of employees would love a rise in their standard of living, yet just 33 percent of employers actually provided this kind of benefit.
Likewise, around 75 percent of employees would love more time off to refresh and recharge. Despite this demand, it was something offered by less than 50 percent of employers.
These stats were almost mirrored in the demand for flexible working, with employers also lagging in meeting this requirement of their employees.
Where supply and demand did converge was on more traditional wellbeing programs. The provision of a gym onsite for instance was a need that was well met by employers, and medical provision was also an area of convergence.
While physical health seemed to be well catered for, there seemed to be much less alignment between the kind of healthy food employees were craving, and the typical menu served up in the work canteen.
The findings are certainly an interesting addition to the discussion around employee engagement. How do the findings from the report match up with your own experiences of the workplace? Did your own employer offer things such as healthy food or a gym on site?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.