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Leading employers are changing their focus from offering benefits and programs centered on improving employees' physical health to deploying holistic well-being strategies whose purpose is to enhance all the various facets of employees' lives. This shift is taking place as evidence mounts that physical health is only one of a number of factors contributing to outcomes valued by employers. These outcomes include, but are not limited to:

  • Improved health;
  • Greater productivity;
  • Higher performance;
  • Decreased health care costs; and
  • A lower turnover rate.

A full summary of the value proposition for developing a well-being strategy can be found in the issue brief, Seeing the Bigger Picture: Beyond Wellness to Well-being.

Many things can contribute to well-being; those within the control of a large employer and that have a direct line of evidence to well-being, include:

Employers can leverage the research on the aforementioned factors in order to implement or elevate benefits, programs and policies that seek improve employees' lives.

Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being