How employee benefits can help support your workforce’s physical health

Our report Mind, Body, and Wallet: Workforce well-being in the pandemic era found that even though 3 in 4 working Americans believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important, only 1 in 4 workers feel that they are successfully doing the things that support their physical health — like exercising or eating a healthy diet.1

As an employer, you can help support the physical health of your workforce through:

Benefits that incentivize healthy behaviors that build resilience
Building a plan, so you know how to respond if an employee is sick or injured
Adopting strategies that support your employees’ recovery and return to work

Building workforce resilience

While more than 3 in 5 companies report that they are doing a good job supporting employees’ physical health — encouraging fitness, weight management, and healthy eating habits — fewer than 2 in 5 employees say that their organization’s current benefits address their physical health well. Employers have an opportunity to build a resilient workforce by encouraging healthy habits and offering workplace benefits that promote physical well-being and prevent disability and illness.

Watch: Designing a healthy home workspace

Have a plan to respond if something should happen to your workforce

Every year, around five percent of US employees will experience a short-term disability due to illness, injury, or pregnancy.  In 2021, more than 2 out of 4 full-time US employees (54 percent) don’t have disability insurance. Platforms to help you manage the complicated legislation around employee leave, and benefits like disability insurance — which can help your employees to manage if they became sick or injured and were unable to work — can help keep your workforce prepared.

Leave management can be complicated. Learn more about ways to support your employees’ leaves by providing clear guidance and stay up-to-date with timely information on the latest leave law.

Reports

  • Read more about how absence management changed during COVID-19 and how it will continue to evolve moving forward in our report Absence Management Redefined.

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Evaluate your absence management program with our scorecard.  

Disability insurance provides partial income for employees that are too sick or injured to work. It can also play a role in supporting the physical well-being of your employees and can help their recovery and return to the workforce.

Learn more

It can be challenging to keep up with the rapidly changing leave landscape of the coronavirus pandemic. Stay informed with up-to-date information on the evolving legislation.

Support your employees’ recovery and return to work

Employee benefits and workplace strategies that support physical health can help your employees to have a smooth transition back to the office following an illness or injury.  

Disclaimer

1 Unless otherwise noted, all data is sourced from Guardian’s 10th Annual Workplace Benefits Study, 2021.

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