Employers can take important steps to build a corporate culture of health and improve employee health and well-being through program availability and CEO participation
NEW YORK, October 4, 2016 — The workplace may be a barrier to mental health and health goals with more than a quarter of employees (28%) experiencing stress as a result of work always, almost always, or very often. This finding demonstrates that employers—and CEOs themselves—have a clear and critical role in motivating employees to focus on their health and well-being, according to a national survey released today from the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable.
The online survey, conducted by Nielsen, found that 40% of employees say they want their employer to recognize the level of stress employees are under, followed by allowing for flexibility when they work (30%) or where they work (26%) in order to reduce or manage their workplace stress. Nearly half (48%) say that their stress levels are positively affected by occasionally unplugging or disconnecting from technology.
Led by Henry Kravis, Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of KKR, Terry Lundgren, Chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc., and Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association (AHA), the CEO Roundtable’s 26-person membership represents some of the nation’s largest and most influential corporations and organizations. Under the scientific guidance of the AHA, the group serves as an innovative incubator for new ideas to change the dynamic of health and engagement in the workplace through evidence-based approaches.