A new study finds workers who have access to employer-sponsoreddependent care supports like worksite child care report they arehealthier than employees without access to these benefits.

According to a study done by the Consulting Practice atBright Horizons, in cooperation with Dr. Jamie Ladgeof Northeastern University, respondents with supports offered bytheir employer were 31 percent less likely to report lostproductivity due to stress over the past month and reported 25 percent fewerpersonal health concerns due to stress.

Conversely, respondents without work/life supports offered bytheir employer:

  • Were nearly a third more likely to reportbeing down, depressed or hopeless in the last month;
  • Were 62 percent more likely to experiencesleep issues that have an impact on their jobs;
  • Are three times as likely to be treated forhigh blood pressure and diabetes; and
  • Spend 20 percent more time dealing withdependent care issues at work than those who do have access towork/life supports.

"The results of the study confirmed what leading employers knowabout the positive impact of dependent care supports on employeeengagement and productivity - that engagement leads to highlymotivated workers and strong business growth," said Bright HorizonsCEO, Dave Lissy. "But these new findings that highlight the impactthese supports have on health and well-being are very compelling,particularly in light of rising health care costs and the continuedfocus on supporting employee health and wellness. Clearly,employers who offer these supports have healthier employees and inturn a healthier business."

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