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The Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM: 2012 Wellness Summary

More American workers recognize the reward from participating in workplace wellness programs, according to the latest Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM: American Workers.

Key Wellness Findings

  • Perceived Success of Wellness Activities to Improve Health and Reduce Health Risks
    • 62 percent of workers, up from 55 percent 2011, believe workplace wellness activities are successful in improving health and reducing health risks
  • Effective Wellness Program
    • 51 percent of program participants feel wellness benefits encourage them to work harder and perform better
    • 59 percent of program participants say they have more energy to be productive at work as a result of their participation in employer-sponsored wellness programs
  • Top 3 Ways Employers Encourage Employees to Participate in Wellness Programs
    • Encouragement by management (20 percent)
    • Lower health insurance costs to those who participate (20 percent)
    • Allotted time for participation during the workday (20 percent, up from 9 percent
  • Effect of Wellness Program on Employee Retention and Attendance
    • Nearly half (45 percent) of employees agree an employer-sponsored wellness program would encourage them to stay in their current employment situation, up from 40 percent 2011
    • 43 percent of workers say that participating in wellness programs has led them to miss fewer days of work, up 8 percent from 2011

View full report (PDF: 280 KB)

This Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Principal Financial Group® between October 30 and November 7, 2012 among 1,103 employees. This is one in a series of quarterly studies to identify and track changes in the workplace of small and mid-sized (growing) businesses. The first Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM survey was conducted in the United States in 2000.

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