More Companies Offering Wellness Programs

U.S. employers are increasingly making direct investments in the well-being of their workers: more than one-third of employers now offer wellness programs as part of their employee benefits package, the Kansas City Star reported April 12.

The 8th annual MetLife Employee Benefits Trends study found that 37 percent of companies now offer wellness programs, up from 27 percent in 2005. Such programs are more common among large companies: 61 percent of firms with more than 500 workers now have wellness programs, up from 46 percent in 2005.

What motivates employees to take part? Three-quarters said that they wanted to be healthier, while half said that financial incentives played a role. The complete MetLife study is available for free download in PDF format.