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Wellness’ Programs Embrace Financial, Emotional Well-Being
By Stephen Miller
From Society for Human Resource Management on Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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This year’s survey was fielded from November through December 2015 among business clients of Fidelity Investments and members of the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), which represents large U.S. employees and includes 71 Fortune 100 companies. The findings reveal that predominantly large U.S. employers are adding programs that help employees manage stress, improve their resiliency and assist with their financial challenges.

“We are seeing more companies step up their efforts to integrate financial and emotional well-being, social connectedness and job satisfaction with their more traditional efforts to support physical health,” said Brian Marcotte, CEO and president of the Washington, D.C.-based NBGH. These holistic approaches to wellbeing “play an important role in employee engagement,” he added.

“Over the last decade, research has shown that high stress in employee populations has increased dramatically. Because high stress leads to other health and emotional issues, employers are more determined to address stress in the workforce,” said NBGH Vice President LuAnn Heinen. “Improving resiliency/reducing stress is among the top 5 behaviors employers say they are focused on in 2016.”