Wellness in the workplace is definitely here to stay. But the current practice of having HR departments run wellness programs may be on the way out. That's what new research from the Global Wellness Institute's (GWI) "The Future of Wellness at Work" suggests.
The study forecasts that investment in workplace wellness (now $40 billion globally) will "explode in the next five to 10 years." Today, GWI estimates that only 9 percent of the 3.2 billion workers worldwide have access to workplace wellness initiatives, with the U.S. way out in front at 52 percent.
But the current "program" mentality -- run by HR departments with siloed, limited, reactive initiatives that focus on health issues experienced outside of work, rather than tackling the effects that workplace stress has on health -- will ultimately go away. Why? Because they're not working well enough. A new U.S. employee survey conducted by GWI and Everyday Health reveals that 87 percent of employees feel disengaged at work, with 38 percent experiencing excessive pressure. And while more than half have a wellness program, only three out of 10 actually use it; only one in 10 think it actually improves their health.
For the complete study go to www.globalwellnessinstitute.org