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Millennials and Workplace Wellness

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers discuss millennials and workplace wellness. A recent survey found that 78 percent of workers aged 21 to 34 wanted their employers to do more to support company-wide health and well-being initiatives.

Company wellness programs can be instrumental in helping employees prevent nascent health conditions from getting worse. Moreover, evidence suggests there is a growing need for workplace wellness programs that target millennials. The health of millennials aged 27 and older appears to be declining faster than what is expected from normal aging, according to a report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Common health problems experienced by millennials include the following:

  • Depression
  • Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Hyperactivity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Substance abuse and tobacco use

The rates of all these health problems rose among millennials from 2014 to 2017, according to the report. The study also found that more than half of millennials surveyed have seriously considered changing jobs due to workplace stress. Three-fourths of the respondents wanted their employers to provide more emotional health resources. Many also sought additional resources to help them improve their physical and social health. Recommendations suggested by the study include addressing these needs, as well as motivating millennials to join wellness programs by offering incentives, such as free gym memberships, extra vacation time, and flexible work schedules.

While comprehensive wellness programs can help improve the overall health of employees, workers still face many risks on the job. Accidents, exposure to toxic substances, and overexertion can result in work-related injuries or disease. If you or a family member was seriously harmed during your job, contact the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP. Our skilled legal team stands ready to carefully review your claim and advise you of your rights and eligibility for benefits. Contact us at 267-589-0090 for a free consultation or fill out our online form. We are dedicated to representing workers throughout Pennsylvania from our Philadelphia office.