Employer and Employee Opinions About Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs: Results of the 2015 Harris Poll Nielsen Survey

J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Mar;59(3):256-263. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000946.


Objective: The aim of this study was to provide a current picture of the state of workplace health promotion (wellness) programs in the U.S. from both employer and employee perspectives.

Methods: We analyzed data from two independent surveys of employers (N = 1500) and the general population (N = 4611).

Results: Employers reported offering wellness programs at almost twice the rate of employees who reported having these programs available to them. Most (59.4%) employees felt employers should play a role in improving worker health and nearly three-fourths (72.1%) thought that lower insurance premiums should be offered for participation in wellness programs. However, fewer than half felt that their work environment allows them to maintain good health.

Conclusion: Although wellness programs are offered at the majority of workplaces in the U.S., employees are unlikely to be aware of these efforts and would like employers to be forthcoming in providing programs promoting good health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health
  • Public Opinion*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Workplace*
  • Young Adult