Employers have long been talking about the impact Millennials have on the workforce and what changes are necessary to accommodate them, but the time for discussion has passed. It’s time for action. According to the PEW Research Center, during the last two years, Millennials have overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest demographic in America’s workforce. Employers must create the healthy and productive work environment that’s been talked about for so long. They need to develop programs that incentivize healthier lifestyles.

Younger employees want to work in an environment in which they play an active role in managing their health and well-being. According to a study by the National Business Group on Health and the Future’s Company, there is a clear opportunity to engage with this demographic. For years, there has been a misconception that perks such as openwork spaces, bean bags, and ping pong tables were what Millennials were looking for, but what they desire are the tools to better manage their lives, physically and emotionally. Employers should be developing programs that incentivize healthier lifestyles.

Millennials want a single easily accessed platform to accomplish tasks. Programs must be accessible on the go, from any location and on any device. A program requires users to download multiple apps, go through different logins, or can only be accessed through a desktop computer are sure to be underutilized, if used at all.

Millennials are more health conscious and have a greater level of interest and awareness of their overall well-being. A holistic program for employee wellness will help create a culture of well-being that will drive productivity and increase efficiencies with happy healthy staff.

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