Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of U.S. employers are planning to increase their spend on employee wellness programs, according to a new survey by Wellable.

The survey, which polled roughly 200 health insurance brokers and wellness consultants, found respondents expect employers to prioritize benefits related to mental health (91 per cent), stress management and resilience (77 per cent), mindfulness and meditation (74 per cent), financial wellness (65 per cent) and telemedicine (65 per cent).

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When asked what benefits employers are investing in to support mental health, respondents cited employee assistance programs (72 per cent), digital health tools (50 per cent), education (45 per cent) and flexible work schedules (28 per cent).

Three-quarters (73 per cent) of respondents said pricing is a priority among employers when selecting wellness benefits vendors, a percentage that increased among small- and medium-sized employers (83 per cent and 79 per cent, respectively).

And respondents said employers are supporting plan members’ financial wellness by investing in educational resources (81 per cent), digital finance tools (62 per cent), coaching (43 per cent) and retirement planning (43 per cent).

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