Woman relaxing Employers now offer well-being programs to combat absenteeism/presenteeism, to attract and retain talent, and to improve and maintain employee morale. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Workplace health and wellness programs not only help address health care costs—they are also becoming table stakes to attract and retain talented workers, according to Optum’s 10th annual Health and Well-being at Work Study.

Optum surveyed 544 companies with 100 to 10,000-plus employees, and found that a significant majority (77 percent) say that workplace well-being programs are more important to their employee benefits mix than they were a decade ago—more than twice as many (33 percent) who said that in the 2009 survey.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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