Report: Low participation rates and limited resources are top barriers to wellness success

Companies are increasingly prioritizing worker well-being—but a scattergun, impersonal approach is thwarting programs from thriving.

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Over the last year, workers around the world have been struggling with mental health issues—particularly burnout and isolation. As employers prepare for a post-COVID-19 world, a more holistic view of worker well-being is key to helping employees at all levels manage stress and remain engaged. A new report from The Conference Board, Holistic Well-Being @Work, examines what organizations are doing to implement more comprehensive well-being initiatives and offers recommendations for building healthier, resilient work environments.

As the report details, while organizations recognize the importance of a holistic well-being strategy, many struggle to build a comprehensive, employee-centric approach, with low program participation and limited resources cited as the top barriers to success.

Featured in the report are results from two surveys, including one of more than 200 practitioners responsible for their organizations’ wellness initiatives. In addition, more than 1,000 workers across the U.S. were surveyed. The study also includes takeaways from in-depth interviews with U.S.-based leaders from six organizations headquartered in the U.S. and Europe.

Key insights include:

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