To better understand the future of employee well-being in a post-COVID-19 world, particularly the renewed focus on a holistic approach, Wellable Labs conducted its annual Employee Wellness Industry Trends Report.
The report, compiled after surveying companies trusted advisors, their health insurance brokers, explores investment trends, decision influencers and vendor criteria. The findings underscore four clear employee benefits trends company decision-makers should plan for in 2022.
- Employers are prioritising mental health programmes for employees
Mental health programmes are seeing a rapid increase in adoption and investment in the workplace as COVID-19 triggers mental health conditions.
- Virtual employee benefits are now the preference as employers expand their offerings
According to brokers, 72% of employers who expect to be investing more in health and well-being will do so completely or mostly virtually. Examples of such benefits include on-demand fitness classes, health education and literacy, health coaching and health fairs.
- Brokers are encouraging corporate clients to adopt a strategy for managing chronic workplace stress
Only a mere 1% of surveyed brokers believe their clients have a strong understanding of how well employees are managing chronic workplace stress and they are taking action to combat this.
- Telemedicine adoption and utilisation are soaring
Due to the sharp rise in remote work and safety concerns at health offices, the adoption of telemedicine accelerated rapidly since the pandemic began and continues to climb.