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WISE WEDNESDAY: Companies Expand Wellness Programs to Focus on Improving Employees' Emotional an

More employers are investing in “total well-being” programs that address areas such as financial and emotional health, according to the 7th annual survey on corporate health & well-being from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health®. The survey revealed employers are adding programs that help employees manage stress, improve their resiliency and assist with their financial challenges.

This year’s survey results indicate employers recognize a ‘healthy’ employee may be affected by non-health factors and are including programs to address emotional and financial needs rather than focusing solely on physical health. In 2016, 87% of employers offer emotional or mental well-being programs and 76% provide financial health programs. When employers were asked about well-being programs in the future, 67% plan to expand their efforts and an additional 17% plan to maintain at the current level.

“Employers have long understood the importance of improving employee productivity, and are now focused on the factors that impact productivity, specifically, drivers of well-being, such as emotional stress and financial challenges to achieve their goals,” said Adam Stavisky, senior vice president, Fidelity Benefits Consulting.

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