ldquoEmployers should create a culture of healthrdquo suggests Elissa Epel a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California ndash San Francisco ldquoThey control the culture so they have a phenomenal potential to impact the health of their employeesrdquoThe default workplace culture she adds is to have a ldquostressladenrdquo social culture ldquoThat means with time scarcity more competition than collaboration and teamwork and a propagation of valuin Thinkstock

More Employers Offer Health and Wellness Programs [Infographic]

On-site personal trainers and massages are some of the options employers provide to their workers.

Companies are expanding health and wellness offerings, according to survey findings from OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company.

Two-thirds, or 66 percent, of human resources managers reported that, in the past five years, their companies have broadened health and wellness options. The majority of those questioned, 89 percent, also said their company supports worker health and wellness goals.

"Since professionals spend so much of their time at work, health and wellness programs aren't just a nice to have — they are becoming a key factor in employee job satisfaction and well-being," said Brandi Britton, district president, OfficeTeam in a statement. "Not offering these benefits can put a company at a disadvantage when it comes to staff recruitment and retention."

HR managers provided the most innovative ways companies are focusing on health and wellness in the workplace, including:

  • Paying employees extra money if they don't check work email while on vacation
  • Offering onsite exercise, meditation, yoga and healthy cooking classes
  • Providing free massages
  • Having a nurse's department in the office
  • Giving workers fitness tracking devices
  • Offering onsite personal trainers

Additional survey findings are illustrated in the infographic.

OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company

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