Employers worldwide share several key approaches to health and wellness. They also have distinct differences. The Optum® “International Wellness in the Workplace Benchmark Study” highlights seven insights that define those shared experiences and exceptions based on the following regions:

  • APAC (Asia-Pacific)
  • EMEA (U.K. + continental Europe +  United Arab Emirates)
  • LatAm (Latin America)


  1. PROGRAMMES The mix of programmes offered varies regionally. On average, employers offer six health and wellness programmes. APAC employers offer the most.
  2. INCENTIVES Ninety-eight percent of the employers surveyed offer health and wellness incentives. The overall average, potential, per-participant incentive value is $510 U.S. annually.
  3. PROGRAMME SUCCESS Generally, all regions find their programmes equally successful in terms of increased productivity, improved business performance and other key metrics.
  4. STRATEGY AND BUDGET Most have a person dedicated to promoting health and wellness. Generally, all regions have similar strategies and beliefs.
  5. ENGAGEMENT Game-like features and activity tracking devices are seen as the most successful engagement strategies.
  6. PHYSICAL WORK ENVIRONMENT Approximately 50 percent of employers globally have recently made physical work environment changes. The remainder have considered doing so.
  7. EMPLOYEE WELLBEING AND CULTURE OF HEALTH Across all regions, about 50 percent believe they are contributing to improvement in employee wellbeing.

About the study

The Optum “International Wellness in the Workplace Benchmark Study” is a research survey of 273 multinational employers (3,000 or more employees) located in AsiaPacific (APAC); United Kingdom, Europe and United Arab Emirates (EMEA); or Latin America that offer two or more health and wellness programmes.

The study is designed to help employers:

  • See how they compare with their regional peers
  • Gain insights into evolving global practices in the health management field
  • Consider thought starters that can help drive greater programme success