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8th Annual Optum Wellness in the Workplace Study Results

April 4, 2017

The uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), combined with persistent employee health care gaps, has ignited a more deliberate approach to well-being at work, according to results from the Optum® Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study, “Employee Health: Are you leading or lagging?”

  • 59 percent of employers are concerned about potential changes to the ACA.
  • Health ownership. Only 24 percent strongly believe employees take responsibility for their health and well-being.
  • Consumer confidence. Only 28 percent strongly believe employees know how to navigate the health care system.
  • Financial security. Only 18 percent think their employees feel they have enough money to pay for health care in retirement.

Five Key Shifts Employers are Making to Address Employee Health Care Gaps
The study revealed five key shifts employers are making to address employee health care gaps in an unstable health care environment.

  1. Broadening the Value Proposition for Health and Wellness: Employers are shifting to a broader value proposition for health and wellness across multiple dimensions of well-being.
  2. Focusing on Emerging Programs: Employers are focusing on emerging programs that support mental, social and financial health, as well as those that simplify health care navigation.
  3. Embracing Digital Technology: Employers are actively embracing digital technology to drive health behavior change and engagement.
  4. Evolving Incentive Strategies: Employers continue to evolve their incentive strategies, moving toward a more employee-friendly design. 
  5. Investing in Employee Well-Being: Employers are recommitting to employee well-being through heavy investment in future budget, staffing and changes to their physical environment.

For more information about the “8th Annual Optum Wellness in the Workplace Study,” view the complete white paper. If you missed one of the live webinar presentations, you can now access the Webinar Playback on-demand recording.

Contact your UnitedHealthcare representative if you’d like to learn more about the Optum study, or would like to hear about our solutions to address these emerging trends.