Are Workplace Wellness Dollars Well Spent?

A recent study published in the Industrial Relations Journal, involving 46,336 workers in 233 organizations, compared participants in a variety of workplace wellbeing initiatives (e.g., resilience training, mindfulness, and well-being apps) to nonparticipants. The study concluded that participants were no better off than nonparticipants. This suggests that companies should look to the reasons behind such offerings—i.e., if they are an effort to offer opportunities for personal development, perhaps the resources are misplaced (despite the fact that companies like to tout such offerings).

Needless to say, there are studies suggesting the opposite and thousands of vendors competing for the dollars associated with such initiatives.