Why Younger People Aren't Impressed with Wellness Programs

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  • The workforce now has at least four generations, each with different perspectives about life and work, and different priorities
  • Consequently, a one-size-fits-all approach to worksite wellness, which has been the norm, is bound to fail
  • Research has found that the impact of the lockdown and isolation on employees differs across age groups
  • More (71 percent) Gen Z workers (ages 18-25) reported feeling more stressed during the pandemic, compared with 51 percent of millenials, 46 percent of Gen Xrs (age 40-55), and 37 percent of baby boomers (56-74), according to findings of an independent survey for WebMD Health
  • As a result, younger employees are more likely to be dissatisfied with traditional workplace wellness programs
  • The survey further revealed that more younger employees (Gen Zs) want employers to offer more mental and emotional health support, and offerings targeted at addressing the social isolation of remote working
  • Therefore, employers must factor in these generational shifts to design appropriate wellness initiatives for the diverse workforce