The Well-Being Journal

Need to Kick It Up a Notch with Your Wellness Program?

Sandy Cummings

Our friends over at Gallup have compiled some intriguing research, as always, about why corporate wellness programs often fall short of their goals -- plus what employers can do to turn things around. Check out this infographic:

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Discouraging data, given that programs designed to improve employee well-being have been shown to lower healthcare costs and improve employee productivity.

What steps can employers take to improve participation? Gallup researchers highlight the key role of managers in building awareness and trust, encouraging their teams to take part, and creating accountability for results. They also point out that programs that take well-being improvement beyond just the physical element -- in other words, that also work to elevate social, financial, community and purpose well-being -- have greater impact:

When comparing adults who are thriving in just Physical Well-Being with those thriving in all five elements, those in the latter group:

  • report 41% fewer unhealthy days
  • are more than twice as likely to say they always adapt well to change
  • are 36% more likely to say they always fully bounce back after an illness
  • are 23% more likely to donate money
  • are 43% more likely to have volunteered
  • are 65% less likely to be involved in a workplace accident
  • are 81% less likely to look for a new job when the job market improves

Read the full article here.

Topics: Well-Being Workplace Well-Being Engagement Business Performance Well-Being Index Competitive Advantage Motivation Productivity Healthways Wellness Trends Gallup Leadership

Insights from the Well-Being Index: October 2011

Jennifer Rudloff

Kent Raymond, ETL Analyst at Healthways, paints a portrait of America's Well-Being, and reveals trends across the nation as he discusses the latest findings from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ®.

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To see the complete report, click here.

For more on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, visit www.well-beingindex.com

Topics: Healthy Living Basic Access Predictions Work Environment Physical Health Emotional Health Well-Being Index Life Evaluation Healthways Wellness Trends Gallup

Insights from the Well-Being Index: July 2011

Jennifer Rudloff

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To see the complete report, click here.

For more on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, visit www.well-beingindex.com

Topics: Healthy Living Basic Access In the News Predictions Work Environment Physical Health Emotional Health Well-Being Index Life Evaluation Healthways Wellness Trends Gallup

Insights from a Chief Well-Being Officer: Trends in America's Well-Being

Jennifer Rudloff

John Harris, Chief Well-Being Officer at Healthways, talks about trends that have been revealed about the state of America's well-being since the inception of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

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To learn more about the index, visit www.well-beingindex.com

Topics: Healthy Living Basic Access Predictions Work Environment Physical Health Emotional Health Well-Being Index Life Evaluation Healthways Wellness Trends Gallup