20% feel their benefits package supports their health and fitness goals

One-fifth (20%) of UK employee respondents feel that the benefits their employer offers help them to get fit and healthy, according to research by Thomsons Online Benefits.

Its Global Employee Benefits Watch 2017/18 report, which surveyed 2,000 employees in organisations with 4,000 or more employees in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, South America and Asia Pacific, also found that 44% of UK respondents want to improve their health and fitness.

The research also found:

  • 39% of UK respondents cite improving mental wellbeing as a life goal,and 18% believe their benefits packageĀ supports this.
  • 74% of UKĀ respondents aged between 18 and 35 want to buy a house, and 4% of UK respondents feel the benefitsĀ their organisation offersĀ support this goal.
  • 46% of UK respondents identify saving for a holiday and work-life balance as life goals.
  • 25% of UKĀ respondents think their benefitsĀ package supports work-life balance, and 12% believe the benefits available to them support the goal of saving for a holiday.
  • 52% of UK respondents cite saving for retirement as a goal, compared to 60% of respondentsĀ in the rest of Europe.
  • 41% of UK respondents think their benefitsĀ packageĀ helps them to save for retirement,Ā compared to 30% of respondents based elsewhere in Europe.

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Luke Prankard (pictured), practice lead, health and wellbeing at Thomsons Online Benefits, said: ā€œKeeping employees fit and healthy is business critical, but employers need to think beyond this and align their people and benefits strategies to promote holistic employee wellness, addressing employeesā€™ mental, physical and financial health. Supporting employees in achieving their life goals will help hit each of these fundamental pillars, while providing a fantastic employee experience.

ā€œOur data shows a clear relationship between wellbeing benefits and employee satisfaction with their scheme. Employees that say their benefits needs are met receive 76% more wellbeing initiatives and have 58% more life goals supported. This means they are twice as likely to recommend their employer to a friend; say they have a positive experience at work and be proud to work for their [organisation]. For employers, this means concentrating on the wellbeing benefits they are providing. Get these right and [employers will] reap rewards in employee engagement, attraction and retention.ā€