The Desire for Wellness
As group benefit plan costs rise, health promotion through wellness programs continues to be an area of interest, for plan sponsors and plan members alike. As a part of our 2017 report entitled Fresh Perspectives on Group Benefits: The Latest Thinking From Plan Sponsors, Members, and Insurers, Accompass questioned plan members on which wellness benefits are considered desirable, and which they could do without.
What Do Plan Members Really Want?
So what do plan members want? We asked them to pick up to three wellness benefits that they would value from a list of six. Here’s what we found:
51% – Gym or subsidized gym membership
27% – Personal financial planning
25% – Subsidized healthy foo/juice bar
20% – Onsite health assessments
19% – Nap/ meditation/ prayer/ yoga room
15% – Games room
Getting Active and Getting Well
Across generations, the majority of plan members have a desire for a gym membership. Evidently, getting active and taking care of their physical health outside of the office has more value to members than temporary stress relief inside the office.
Perks like a games room or yoga room in the workplace were not seen as desirable in the face of a lasting gym membership. Although a stress relieving work-space may contribute to office culture, all generations agree they would rather have benefits go towards their physical fitness.