What work­ers want

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - SURVEY -

“I think peo­ple value health screen­ings like blood-pres­sure checks be­cause they can track their lev­els of well­ness with some­thing tan­gi­ble,” Tay­lor says. “They use these fig­ures to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their health and this al­lows them to feel em­pow­ered and in con­trol.”

It’s no sur­prise that sub­sidised fit­ness is pop­u­lar, Tay­lor says, be­cause of its pos­i­tive im­pact on all as­pects of life. “Fit­ness im­proves de­pres­sive symp­toms, in­creases joy, boosts the im­mune sys­tem, im­proves sleep and helps you be nice to oth­ers.”

Peo­ple ac­tu­ally want­ing men­tal-health pro­grams at work is great, be­cause, as Tay­lor says, “there needs to be sup­port in the work­place for peo­ple who aren’t trav­el­ling well”.

Man­ning adds that flex­i­ble hours can give work­ers the fuel they need to feel hap­pier, which in turn makes them bet­ter work­ers.

44%

of work­ers think a well­be­ing pro­gram at work would boost team morale

1 in 2

em­ploy­ees want men­tal-health sup­port at work

But 71%

of com­pa­nies don’t cur­rently of­fer classes or coach­ing in this area

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