Almost half (45 percent) of American workers at small- tomedium-sized companies would stay at their jobs longer because ofemployer-sponsored wellness programs, according to the latestPrincipal Financial Well-Being Index.

With rising health-care costs a top concern, workers saywellness programs help them to improve their physical health andreduce stress thereby decreasing the number of sick days andreducing health care costs.

Fifty-one percent of workers believe wellness programs are veryor somewhat successful in reducing health care costs, according tothe index.

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