Happier, Healthier, Hybrid: MIT Research Finds Hybrid Work Schedules Promote Employee Well-being

Many executives think their companies are fostering employee health and well-being simply because they offer wellness programs. These initiatives, which typically focus on changing individual employee behavior through exercise or weight loss, are increasingly common. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “84% of large employers (200 or more workers) offering health benefits offered a workplace wellness program, such as those to help people lose weight, stop smoking, or provide lifestyle and behavioral coaching.”

But research suggests that these programs aren’t very effective in improving employees’ health. In emphasizing wellness programs, business leaders are overlooking a more powerful tool to improve their employees’ health: their organizations’ own practices and policies.

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