Among ComPsych's findings:
15% of employees don't get any exercise;
31% exercise a mere once or twice per week;
34% eat one (or fewer) fruits and vegetables every day;
23% admit to binge drinking within the past six months;
16% say they are getting enough sleep.
Nearly one-quarter of employees are into binge drinking? Wow. Maybe it's because employees are feeling kind of down in the dumps: 40% of employees surveyed said an "emotional or physical health problem" has kept them from maintaining normal activities with friends and family, and 36% said they're feeling tense or anxious most of the time these days. Slightly more than one-fifth (21%) said they've "felt down, depressed or hopeless" in the past four weeks. According to ComPsych:
"There is strong correlation between high stress/emotional issues and poor lifestyle choices," said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. "For example, smoking and overeating may be a means to self-medicate undiagnosed depression.
"To be effective, corporate wellness programs must focus on emotional as well as physical factors of the employee, and include a counseling component to address underlying issues," he added.
So the treadmill and nutrition planning alone may not be cutting it in this recession. Just some food for thought, employers.