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Report: More Employers Will Make Wellness an HR Priority This Year

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A new report released by Virgin Pulse — the habits-focused well-being company — reveals that employers are implementing wellness programs to achieve business objectives and address HR priorities.

More than half of the HR professionals surveyed in the report say they are looking to improve employee engagement (60 percent), productivity (53 percent) and organizational culture (52.8 percent) through wellness, which is no longer being seen as strictly an HR initiative, but rather a business imperative.

For the second year in a row, Virgin Pulse partnered with Human Capital Media, the research arm of Workforce magazine, to survey more than 1,000 HR professionals across levels and industries. According to the report, senior-level executives are looking at wellness programs not so much as a cost reduction measure, but to help improve employee engagement and productivity, which were cited as key HR priorities for the year.