Top trends in corporate wellness

Note from the editor

"Wellness" took on new meaning amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, with employers racing to support workers through personal and professional disruptions.

Companies moved fitness benefits online and increased offerings around mental health but more was needed. Such offerings were "designed to address a set of wellness issues that were rooted in a pre-COVID environment," Visier Chief People Officer Paul Rubenstein told HR Dive. Instead of just moving the programs into a virtual environment, the question became, "how do we get people to engineer their work differently as a part of wellness?"

To that end, employers offered flexibility and tried to take a holistic view of employees' lives. But new challenges arose as a spike in cases coincided with the start of a new school year, leading experts to warn employers about a "mental health tsunami."

The following stories explore these issues and more, including:

  • Wellness perk delivery amid a pandemic;
  • How the pandemic may reshape corporate wellness offerings long term;
  • A case study on chief wellness officers in hospitals;
  • How generational concerns are changing the landscape;
  • Mental health as an emerging wellness trend; and
  • Reaping wellness savings from behavioral health spending.

These are just a few of the many aspects of employee well being that employers are thinking about and developing programs around. We hope you enjoy this deep dive into the current trends.

Kate Tornone Lead Editor

Employee well-being slow to recover from pandemic, survey says

• Published May 27, 2021

Rethinking employee wellness perks in the age of the coronavirus

With many working from home, traditional benefits must change to meet the new needs of workers, sources say.

• Published Aug. 20, 2020

Fitness benefits moved online during COVID-19 — but will they stay there?

Companies largely haven't cut back on fitness classes, citing cultural and employee-health concerns as cause for continued investment, sources told HR Dive.

• Published Oct. 1, 2020

Case study: Hospitals add C-suite officer to boost staff wellness

Chief wellness officers are becoming more mainstream

To connect with millennials and Gen Z, know their story

Employers can't afford to overlook the unique requirements and inclinations of key segments of the workforce when it comes to both traditional benefits and wellness offerings and how they are defined.

• Published April 2, 2018

Mental wellness in the workplace

As mental health garners more attention as a workplace issue, not just a personal one, employers are finding considerable barriers may remain to implementing strong policies.

• Published April 12, 2016

How spending more on behavioral health can bring wellness savings

More employers are embracing the adage that sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot.

• Published Sept. 26, 2016

Top trends in corporate wellness

As the workforce evolves and multiple generations with different priorities move into the workplace, the definition of wellness gets broader and more holistic. Gone are the days when employee wellness programs meant offering incentives to stop smoking, eat well and take walking meetings. Today the definition includes everything from mental health and onsite health perks to financial wellness and retirement planning.

included in this trendline
  • How generational concerns are changing the landscape
  • Mental health as an emerging wellness trend
  • What the data says about wellness now, and in the future
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.