In a report for BenefitNews.com, Associate Editor Lydell Bridgeford writes about a study from Rutgers University that finds 46% of highly educated and affluent workers report that their employer offers a wellness program, while only 25% of employees with a high school education or less say the same.
In addition, 45% of salaried workers say they have access to some type of healthy lifestyle program through their employer, compared to 35% of hourly workers, and 45% of employees with incomes of $70,000 or more noted they have wellness benefits, compared to 21% of those making $35,000 or less.
To be effective, wellness programs need to truly be for all. I'd encourage you to take another look at your wellness offering for hourly and lower-income employees to make sure the health-fair big top is big enough.
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